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Wolfgang Streeck
 
Re-Forming Capitalism
Institutional Change in the German Political Economy
 

 
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009
297 pages | ISBN 978-0-19-955677-9 | $ 85,00
 
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Abstract


 
In this book Wolfgang Streeck addresses some of the key issues in the field of comparative political economy and institutional theory: the role of history in institutional analysis, the dynamics of slow institutional change, the limitations of rational design and economic-functionalist explanations of institutional stability, and the recurrent difficulties of restraining the effects of capitalism on social order. In the classification of the "Varieties of Capitalism" school, Germany has always been taken as the chief exemplar of a "European", coordinated market economy. Streeck explores to what extent Germany actually conforms to this description. His argument is supported by original empirical research on wage-setting and wage structure, the organization of business and labor in business associations and trade unions, social policy, public finance, and corporate governance. From this evidence, Re-Forming Capitalism traces the current liberalization of the postwar economy of democratic capitalism by means of an historically-grounded approach to institutional change. This is an important book from a leading thinker and researcher in comparative political economy and key reading across the social sciences for academics, researchers, and advanced students of Political Economy, Sociology, comparative business systems.
 

 

Contents


 
Introduction: Institutional Change, Capitalist Development
 
Part I. Gradual Change: Five Sectoral Trajectories
 
1.  Five Sectors
 
2.  Industry-wide Collective Bargaining: Shrinking Core, Expanding Fringes
 
3.  Intermediary Organization: Declining Membership, Rising Tensions
 
4.  Social Policy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare Corporatism
 
5.  Public Finance: The Fiscal Crisis of the Postwar State
 
6.  Corporate Governance: The Decline of Germany Inc.
 

 
Part II. Systemic Change: Patterns and Causes
 
7.  Systemic Change: Five Parallel Trajectories
 
8.  From System to Process
 
9.  Endogenous Change: Time, Age, and the Self-Undermining of Institutions
 
10.  Time's Up: Positive Externalities Turning Negative
 

 
Part III. Liberalization: Re-Forming Capitalism
 
11.  Disorganization as Liberalization
 
12.  Convergence, Nonconvergence, Divergence
 
13.  "Economizing" and the Evolution of Political-Economic Institutions
 
14.  Internationalization
 
15.  German Unification
 
16.  History
 
17.  Bringing Capitalism Back In
 

 

 

Author


 
Wolfgang Streeck is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. From 1988 to 1995 he was Professor of Sociology and Industrial Relations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1998/99 he was President of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. He has held visiting positions at the European University Institute in Florence, at the University of Warwick, the Instituto Juan March in Madrid, and the Sciences Po in Paris; he was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin and the Russell Sage Foundation in New York; and he is a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europea.
 

 
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