Disorganization as Liberalization

Wolfgang Streeck

in Re-Forming Capitalism

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199573981
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702136 | DOI:
Disorganization as Liberalization

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The concept of disorganization is used by here to describe the direction of institutional change in the five institutional settings studied in this book in the German political economy and to denote the trend in this political economy that veers away from centralized authoritative coordination, collective action, and market-like aggregation of interests and decisions as compared to control toward dispersed competition and individual action. This chapter takes the notion of ‘organized capitalism’ to instill historical and political relevance into the analysis of formal institutional change. This chapter also includes a discussion about efficiency and solidarity as domains of organization in organized capitalism. With an understanding of these concepts, this chapter points out how disorganization could result in nonliberal capitalism.

Keywords: disorganization; liberalization; efficiency; solidarity; organized capitalism

Chapter.  4669 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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