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Rule‐Breaking and Freedom of Rules in National Production Models: How German Capitalism Departs from the ‘Rhenish Equilibrium’

Ulrich Glassmann

in Innovation in Local Economies

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780199551170
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720802 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551170.003.0002
Rule‐Breaking and Freedom of Rules in National Production Models: How German Capitalism Departs from the ‘Rhenish Equilibrium’

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Accounts of the German socio-economic ‘model’ frequently start from an image of how that economy and its institutions operated in the 1980s and early 1990s. Not only has this image become out of date, but the fact that the German system is one which is undergoing continuing change means that it is difficult to depict German institutions in a state of equilibrium. New accounts, or images, have to be presented, not only very differently from the outdated accounts but also as institutions undergoing change. This chapter offers an account of this ‘moving image’, rather than a ‘snapshot’ of contemporary German capitalism, to provide a base for the appraisal of the regional and sectoral variants of that economy that appears in later chapters.

Keywords: Germany; socio-economic model; capitalism economy; corporate governance; industrial relations; vocational training; inter-firm relations

Chapter.  8076 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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