Industry and Politics in West Germany: Toward the Third Republic

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Peter J. Katzenstein
Cornell University Press, 1989 - 363 pages
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Dynamic technological developments in industrial production, the rise of new social movements in national politics, and great changes in the international political economy have left a deep imprint on the Federal Republic. A compelling explanation of West Germany's success in maintaining economic prosperity and political stability under such challenging conditions has continued to elude observers. Under the editorship of Peter J. Katzenstein, thirteen distinguished scholars from both sides of the Atlantic here provide an original interpretation of the political economy of the Bonn Republic during the forty years since its founding, and explore in particular its extraordinary capacity for accommodating change.

Whereas studies in political economy have typically focused on one level of political action--either the shop floor, or national politics, or the international system--this innovative account analyzes the interaction of change at all three levels, bringing together case studies drawn from six manufacturing and service sectors.

 

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Contents

Industry in a Changing West Germany
3
Bipolarity and the Postwar International Economic Order
33
Social Change and Political Mobilization in West Germany
51
New Concepts of Production in West German Plants
87
The Chemical
157
The Steel
221
Applications
249
Financial Institutions
275
Stability and Change in the Emerging Third Republic
307
Index
355
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About the author (1989)

Peter J. Katzenstein is Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University. His books include A World of Regions, Beyond Japan, Cultural Norms and National Security, and Small States in World Markets, all from Cornell.

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