The German Tradition of Organized Capitalism: Self-Government in the Coal Industry

The German Tradition of Organized Capitalism: Self-Government in the Coal Industry

by Martin F. Parnell
     
 

Through a detailed examination of the German coal industry, Martin Parnell illustrates the historical evolution of the practice of industrial self-government and argues that historical continuities lie at the root of a full understanding of German capitalism. His study, which takes us from the eighteenth century to the present day, examines how intensive

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Through a detailed examination of the German coal industry, Martin Parnell illustrates the historical evolution of the practice of industrial self-government and argues that historical continuities lie at the root of a full understanding of German capitalism. His study, which takes us from the eighteenth century to the present day, examines how intensive cooperation between state, management, private sector, and unions has shaped the industry both in growth and decline. He argues that it is Germany's strong tradition of industrial self-government that is the key institution characterizing the organization and functioning of the German political economy, uniting the politics of the dominant state role and the economics of industrial production. Parnell uses and develops the ideas of German economic historians, especially Abelshauser, whose influential work on the nineteenth-century origins of capitalist organization have recently begun to have a wide impact in translation. His work is a valuable contribution to the debate about the origins, forms, and future of German neo-corporatism.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198277613
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/07/1994
Series:
Government-Industry Relations Series, #7
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
1580L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Introduction1
Pt. IThe German Hard-Coal Industry before 19457
1Coal, Capitalism, and the State9
2The State, War, and Industry39
Pt. IIThe West German Coal Industry, 1945-199063
3Coal, Politics, and Industrial Continuity65
4The Rise Before the Fall, 1945-195780
5Coal in Acute Crisis, 1958-196996
6Twenty Years of Retrenchment, 1970-1990129
Pt. IIIContinuities in Sectoral Self-Governance149
7The German Tradition of Self-Regulation151
8Coal and Self-Government174
9Coal, Corporatism, and Labour200
10Conclusion: Coal and Contemporary Organized Capitalism225
Bibiography241
Index257

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