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Philip Manow
Social Protection, Capitalist Production
The Bismarckian Welfare State in the German Political Economy, 1880–2015

Oxford University Press, 2020
192 pages | ISBN 978-0-198-84253-8 | £60.00
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Abstract | Contents | Author




Social Protection, Capitalist Production provides a thorough analysis of the genealogy and the functional logic of German capitalism over the last 130 years. It addresses several puzzles of the existing literature, in particular how economic coordination proved possible and remained stable in a big) country without prominent traits of neo-corporatism, with­out long government participation of social democratic parties, without centralized wage bargaining, without active economic steering by the government, under a “monetarist” regime, and under an allegedly liberal, namely “ordoliberal,” economic policy.
The central claim of the book is that the functional equivalent was a “conservative-continental” welfare state which provided labor and capital with the organizational resources and the infrastructure to establish and maintain long-term economic coordination. A better understanding of the German case thus provides us also with a much better understanding of the different variants of coordinated market economies in Northern, Continental, and Southern Europe.



1   The Political Construction of a Coordinated Political Economy
2   Social Insurance and the Origins of the German Political Economy
3   Modell Deutschland as an Interdenominational Compromise
4   Work and Welfare as Strategic Complements in Germany’s Postwar Economic Order
5   Pathological Adjustment, Structural Change, and the Welfare State: Modell Deutschland
     after the Golden Age
6   International Complementarities of National Capitalism
7   Conclusion



Philip Manow is professor for Comparative Political Economy at the University of Bremen. His publications include In the King’s Shadow (Polity, 2010) and Welfare Democracies and Party Politics (edited with Bruno Palier and Hanna Schwander, OUP 2018).
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