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Internationalization

Wolfgang Streeck

in Re-Forming Capitalism

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780199573981
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702136 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573981.003.0015
Internationalization

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The liberalization of German capitalism cannot be conceived as an effect of economic internationalization or ‘globalization’ because internationalization was not new to the German political economy in the 1980s and the 1990s. In fact, the German political economy experienced globalization even before disorganization and liberalization began. As postwar Germany was viewed to be both organized and internationalized at the same time, the country was strongly competitive in the world market while it remained highly corporatist domestically. This chapter links internationalization with both disorganization and liberalization by explaining that the new wave of internationalization in the 1990s was simply just another phase in the historical process of capitalist market expansion where the only way it could continue is by crossing national borders.

Keywords: liberalization; internationalization; disorganization; corporatist; capitalist market expansion

Chapter.  7981 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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