Capitalism vs. Capitalism: How America's Obsession with Individual Achievement and Short-Term Profit Has Led It to the Brink of Collapse / Edition 1

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Capitalism Vs. Capitalism: How America's Obsession with Individual Achievement and Short-term Profit Has Led It to the Brink of Collapse

By Michel Albert

"A distinguished and highly literate French businessman, scholar, and economist gives his view of the European, and notably, the American present and prospect. Do not miss it." -John Kenneth Galbraith

ISBN: 1-56858-005-3

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In the new world order, where capitalism reigns supreme, who will reign over capitalism: the United States? Germany? Japan? French businessman Albert identifies two variants of capitalism now at odds with each other. The Anglo-American model is characterized by individual gain and laissez-faire government. The Rhine model (followed by Germany and, in some respects, Japan) is a kinder, gentler capitalism in which long-term success of the entire society is paramount. Originally published in France in 1991, this book cannot take into account recent shake-ups in each system, but Albert's case is still significant. This topic will be debated in academia and industry into the next century. Recommended for business collections.-- Kris Swank, American Graduate Sch. of International Management Lib., Glendale, Ariz.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568580050
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the American Edition
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 America is back 20
Ch. 3 America backwards 39
Ch. 4 Fame and finance 62
Ch. 5 Insurance: a study in contrasts 84
Ch. 6 The other capitalism 99
Ch. 7 The economic superiors of the Rhine model 127
Ch. 8 The social superiority of the Rhine model 147
Ch. 9 The Rhine model in retreat 169
Ch. 10 The American hare versus the Rhine tortoise 191
Ch. 11 The second German lesson 211
Ch. 12 France at the crossroads of Europe 230
Ch. 12 Conclusion 250
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2001

    A cultural and economical 'bible' for North-Europe...

    I estimate this book is THE MOST IMPORTANT book since The Capital of K. Marx. It confirms clearly the necessity of a revival of The Hanseatic League (12th-17th century) as the ONLY way to re-unite North-Europe. We work on it at - visitors are very welcome ! BUY IT URGENTLY !!! if interested in Northern European culture and inter-action between culture and commerce. This is really THE BOOK !

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