Neoliberalism and deregulation have come to dominate national and international political economy. This major book addresses this convergence and analyzes the implications for the future of capitalist diversity. It considers important questions such as: Is the preference for free markets a well-founded response to intensified global competition? Does this mean that all advanced societies must all converge on an imitation of the United States? What are the implications for the institutional diversity of the advanced economies? Political Economy of Modern Capitalism provides a practical and informed analysis of the public policy choices facing governments and business around the world.

German Capitalism: Does it Exist? Can it Survive?

German Capitalism: Does it Exist? Can it Survive?

German capitalism: Does it exist? Can it survive?

Does it Exist?

In the roughly four decades between the end of World War II and German unification, West German society gave rise to a distinctive kind of capitalist economy, governed by nationally specific social institutions that made for high international competitiveness at high wages and, at the same time, low inequality of incomes and living standards. Already by the late 1980s, when the differences in performance and social organization between the West German economy and its main competitors came to be widely noticed, the continued economic viability of the ‘German model’ began to appear doubtful to many. Shortly thereafter, the survival of the German version of advanced capitalism became tied ...

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