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The Politics of Economic Liberalization


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Bruno Wueest
    Pages 63-80
  3. Bruno Wueest
    Pages 81-107
  4. Bruno Wueest
    Pages 109-129
  5. Bruno Wueest
    Pages 131-140
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 141-169

About this book


This book analyses the discourses of economic liberalization reform in six Western European countries – Germany, France, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria. It provides systematic empirical evidence that policy-related discourses are much more than noise; rather, they are detailed expressions of institutional complementarities and political struggles. The author posits that the more open a discourse, the broader the range of perceived interests, which, in turn, increases the intensity of conflicts. Similarly, the more public discourse centres on coordination, the more intense actors need to engage with opposite interests, which most probably intensifies political disputes as well. Moreover, Wueest argues that the formation of a consensus within the political mainstream has left a vacuum for outsider parties such as Syriza in Greece and Podemos in Spain to feed on the contentiousness of economic liberalization policies.


Policy-related discourse Globalization Post-industrialization Discourse coalitions Western Europe Economic liberalization

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

About the authors

Bruno Wueest is Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests are distinctly interdisciplinary and include political communication, comparative political economy and computational linguistics. He works on the automated analysis of tweets, open survey questions, parliamentary debates and newspaper articles.

Bibliographic information


“Bruno Wueest’s Politics of Economic Liberalization is a timely contribution to the literature on comparative political economy and policy discourse. … Wueest sheds new and welcome light on old debates concerning policy convergence and divergence, institutional complementarities and comparative advantage, political polarization, access and representation.” (Matt Wilder, Swiss Political Science Review, Vol. 25 (2), 2019)