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Germany: Beyond the Stable State

Опубликовано на портале: 15-01-2008
London: Routledge, 2004
From the 1960s to the 1980s, observers attributed to Germany the character of a political-economic "model" that was able to weather a multiplicity of economic challenges. The term "model Germany" indicated a political and economic compact permitting centripetal political competition in the electoral and legislative arenas, while co-ordinating public policy among political parties, large interest associations and private business firms such that changes would take place only in an incremental and positive sum fashion. Since the early 1990s and even more so in the new millennium, the "German model" has faced serious troubles. Authors in this book describe the physiognomy of the incremental disintegration the model has undergone over the past decade and probe into the causes of such developments. Articles in this volume examine Germany's national and Europe-wide integration as triggers of the model's unravelling. Such processes are paralleled by novel tendencies in public opinion, social life styles, and modes of political mobilization in parties, interest groups, and social movements. The strains of "model Germany" show up in particularly sharply contoured fashion in the transformation of industrial relations, corporate governance structures, social and immigration policies in Germany.

From Stability to Stagnation: Germany at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century, Herbert Kitschelt and Wolfgang Streeck

Part I: National Unification and European Integration

German Unification and "Model Germany": An Adventure in Institutional Conservatism, Helmut Wiesenthal

Germany and European Integration: A Shifting of Tectonic Plates, Charlie Jeffery and William E. Paterson

Part II: Labour Markets, Life Styles and Political Preferences

New Ways of Life or Old Rigidities? Changes in Social Structure and Life Courses and their Political Impact, Karl Ulrich Mayer and Steffen Hillmert

The Crumbling Pillars of Social Partnership, Wolfgang Streeck and Anke Hassel

Political-Economic Context and Partisan Strategies in the German Federal Elections, 1990-2002, Herbert Kitschelt

The Changing Role of Political Protest Movements, Dieter Rucht

Part III: Reorganisation of State and Political Economy

Corporate Governance and the Disintegration of Organised Capitalism in the 1990s, Jürgen Beyer and Martin Höpner

The State of the Welfare State: German Social Policy between Macroeconomic Retrenchment and Microeconomic Recalibration, Stephan Leibfried and Herbert Obinger

The Politics of Citizenship in the New Republic, Michael Minkenberg