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History

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/9780199573981.003.0017
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To many modern social scientists history is accursed and any reasonable person should not give it much attention. Social scientists may even find infusing history into the analysis of social phenomena irritating because of the various and oftentimes incompatible array of meanings. Something is said to be historical when it possesses the following characteristics: uniqueness and contingency, irreversibility, givenness, dynamism and process, unpredictability, and is part of a long term trend embedded in a ‘course of history’. This chapter focuses on the importance of looking into the historical aspects of the events in the evolution of capitalism in the German political economy.

Keywords: history; uniqueness; irreversibility; givenness; process; uncertainty; trend

Chapter.  4643 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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