The Dynamics of German Industry

The Dynamics of German Industry
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Germany's Path toward the New Economy and the American Challenge
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Artikel-Nr:
9781782387992
Veröffentl:
2005
Einband:
Web PDF
Seiten:
176
Autor:
Werner Abelshauser
Serie:
6, Making Sense of History
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PDF
eBook Format:
Web PDF
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Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
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Over the past decade, the "e;German Model"e; of industrial organization has been the subject of vigorous debate among social scientists and historians, especially in comparison to the American one. Is a "e;Rhenish capitalism"e; still viable at the beginning of the 21st century and does it offer a road to the New Economy different from the one, in which the standards are set by the U.S.? The author, one of Germany's leading economic historians, analyzes the special features of the German path to the New Economy as it faces the American challenge. He paints a fascinating picture of Germany Inc. and looks at the durability of some of its structures and the mentalities that undergird it. He sees a "e;culture clash"e; and argues against an underestimation of the dynamics of the German industrial system. A provocative book for all interested in comparative economics and those who have been inclined to dismiss the German Model as outmoded and weak.

Over the past decade, the "German Model" of industrial organization has been the subject of vigorous debate among social scientists and historians, especially in comparison to the American one. Is a "Rhenish capitalism" still viable at the beginning of the 21st century and does it offer a road to the New Economy different from the one, in which the standards are set by the U.S.? The author, one of Germany's leading economic historians, analyzes the special features of the German path to the New Economy as it faces the American challenge. He paints a fascinating picture of Germany Inc. and looks at the durability of some of its structures and the mentalities that undergird it. He sees a "culture clash" and argues against an underestimation of the dynamics of the German industrial system. A provocative book for all interested in comparative economics and those who have been inclined to dismiss the German Model as outmoded and weak.

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Introduction


Chapter 1. A living Past



  • Beyond "The End of History"

  • The Splendor and Misery of Rhine Capitalism


Chapter 2. The German Empire - Hothouse of Postindustrial Institutions



  • From Liberalism to the Coordinated Production Regime

  • Patterns of Socialization Compared: The Economies of Germany and Great Britain – Germany—The First Postliberal Nation – From Autonomy to Self-Governance—The German Path to Industrial Development – Market and State – No Antagonism

  • Interest Intermediation between Societal and State Corporatism – The Century of Corporatism – The Failure of State Corporatism in the German Empire – Cartels—Market Regulation German Style – Societal Corporatism in the Weimar Republic


Chapter 3. The German Production Regime



  • The Production Regime of the Coordinated Market Economy – Institutional Prerequisites of Diversified Quality Production – Coordinated Market Economy

  • The American Challenge – The Fordist Alternative – Fordist Strategic Approaches in the German Automotive Industry between the World Wars – Fordism during the War: The Krupp Case – Breakthrough to Mass Consumption – “West German Fordism”: The Volkswagen Case – The End of Mass Production

  • Codetermination: The German Response to the Agency Problem

  • Social Market Economy: Production-Related Design of the Organization and Rules of the Economy


Chapter 4. The German Road to the Twenty-first Century



  • Many Roads Lead to Rome

  • Anachronisms of the “Economic Miracle”

  • Strengths and Weaknesses of the German Production Regime


Postscript


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Index

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