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

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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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"It is a complex tale to tell, and Parnell leads the reader through its complexities with admirable clarity and understanding....This is an exceedingly well-informed study which will provide the reader with excellent insight into a major aspect of the framework, as well as some of the causes, of the success of the German post-war economy."—Business History
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I The German Hard-Coal Industry before 1945 7
1 Coal, Capitalism, and the State 9
2 The State, War, and Industry 39
Pt. II The West German Coal Industry, 1945-1990 63
3 Coal, Politics, and Industrial Continuity 65
4 The Rise Before the Fall, 1945-1957 80
5 Coal in Acute Crisis, 1958-1969 96
6 Twenty Years of Retrenchment, 1970-1990 129
Pt. III Continuities in Sectoral Self-Governance 149
7 The German Tradition of Self-Regulation 151
8 Coal and Self-Government 174
9 Coal, Corporatism, and Labour 200
10 Conclusion: Coal and Contemporary Organized Capitalism 225
Bibiography 241
Index 257
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