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Institutional Transformation in European Political Economy

The multi-disciplinary research project ‘Institutional Transformation in European Political Economy – A Socio-Legal Approach (ITEPE)’ is funded by the European Research Council and will run until 2017. The project is hosted by the Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School. Purpose
The purpose of ITEPE is to develop a long-term historical perspective on the evolution and inter-connectedness of three types of intermediary institutions in the European context from the 1850s till today, namely corporatist, neo-corporatist and governance institutions. In doing so ITEPE combines insights from sociology, law, history and political science.
Research Objectives
ITEPE is structured around three key research objectives:
  • To increase our understanding of the societal function and contribution of the three types of intermediary institutions.
  • To explain how, why and with what consequences the transitions from corporatism through neo-corporatism to governance unfolded.
  • To describe and analyse the evolution in the organisational setup and the role of law and legal instruments within the three types of intermediary institutions.
Case Studies
The realisation of the research objectives are unfolded through macro oriented historical reconstructions as well as through detailed case studies focusing on specific industrial sectors such as the European steel and pharmaceutical sectors.
Core dimensions of intermediary institutions which are investigated include those related to competition policy, vocational training, wage and social policy as well as the organisational setup and legal framing of intermediary institutions.
More information about ITEPE’s research objectives is available here. For any inquiries related to ITEPE please contact Poul F. Kjær.

Last updated by: Sara Dahlman 11/10/2013