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Kozo Yamamura and Wolfgang Streeck (eds.)
The Origins of Nonliberal Capitalism:
Germany and Japan in Comparison

Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001
288 pages
ISBN 978-0-8014-3917-5 | $21.95 (paper)
ISBN 978-0-8014-3917-9 | $61.95 (cloth)
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"There have been many observations of and conjectures about the similarities and differences of Japanese and German capitalism, but few systematic and interdisciplinary analyses of the subject. The Origins of Nonliberal Capitalism takes us a long way in that direction." — Masahiko Aoki, Stanford University


Abstract | Contents | Editors | Contributors




The German and Japanese economies are more socially and politically regulated, and in this sense less liberal, than their Anglo-American counterparts. In The Origins of Nonliberal Capitalism, an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars explains why and how Germany and Japan developed nonliberal types of capitalism, looking at the institutional histories of the welfare state, the financial system, corporate governance and skill formation. Similarities and differences are traced in relation to attempts at conservative social reform during late 19th century industrialization and subsequent political pathways to democratization. The book's analysis of the historical dynamics of institutional change, particularly the political and organizational challenges of adapting and integrating new institutional repertoires, suggests new insights on how nationally distinct forms of capitalism will respond to current and future challenges of internationalization.



Introduction: Explorations into the Origins of Nonliberal Capitalism in Germany and Japan
Wolfgang Streeck
The Institutional Embedding of Market Economies: The German "Model" and Its Impact on Japan
Gerhard Lehmbruch
Welfare State Building and Coordinated Capitalism in Japan and Germany
Philip Manow
The Origins of Nonliberal Corporate Governance in Germany and Japan
Gregory Jackson
The Origins of Bank-Based and Market-Based Financial Systems: Germany, Japan, and the United States
Sigurt Vitols
The Rise of Nonliberal Training Regimes: Germany and Japan Compared
Kathleen Thelen and Ikuo Kume



Wolfgang Streeck is Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Cologne. Kozo Yamamura is the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Professor of Japanese Studies and Economics at the University of Washington.




Gregory Jackson
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, and Columbia University
Ikuo Kume
Kobe University

Gerhard Lehmbruch
University of Konstanz
Philip Manow
University of Konstanz
Wolfgang Streeck
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne, and the University of Cologne
Kathleen Thelen
Northwestern University
Sigurt Vitols
Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung

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