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Kitschelt, H., & Streeck, W. (Eds.). (2004). Germany: Beyond the Stable State. London: Cass.

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Kitschelt, Herbert1, Editor           
Streeck, Wolfgang2, Editor           
1Department of Political Science, Duke University, Durham, USA, ou_persistent22              
2Regimewettbewerb und Integration in den industriellen Beziehungen, MPI for the Study of Societies, Max Planck Society, ou_1214555              


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 Abstract: From the 1960s to the 1980s, observers attributed to Germany the character of a political-economic "model" that was able to weather a multiplicity of economic challenges. The term "model Germany" indicated a political and economic compact permitting centripetal political competition in the electoral and legislative arenas, while co-ordinating public policy among political parties, large interest associations and private business firms such that changes would take place only in an incremental and positive sum fashion. Since the early 1990s and even more so in the new millennium, the "German model" has faced serious troubles. Authors in this book describe the physiognomy of the incremental disintegration the model has undergone over the past decade and probe into the causes of such developments. Articles in this volume examine Germany's national and Europe-wide integration as triggers of the model's unravelling. Such processes are paralleled by novel tendencies in public opinion, social life styles, and modes of political mobilization in parties, interest groups, and social movements. The strains of "model Germany" show up in particularly sharply contoured fashion in the transformation of industrial relations, corporate governance structures, social and immigration policies in Germany.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2004
 Publication Status: Issued
 Pages: 266
 Publishing info: London : Cass
 Table of Contents: From Stability to Stagnation: Germany at the Beginning
of the Twenty-First Century
Herbert Kitschelt and Wolfgang Streeck

Part I: National Unification and European Integration
German Unification and "Model Germany":
An Adventure in Institutional Conservatism
Helmut Wiesenthal
Germany and European Integration: A Shifting of Tectonic Plates
Charlie Jeffery and William E. Paterson

Part II: Labour Markets, Life Styles and Political Preferences
New Ways of Life or Old Rigidities? Changes in Social Structure
and Life Courses and their Political Impact
Karl Ulrich Mayer and Steffen Hillmert
The Crumbling Pillars of Social Partnership
Wolfgang Streeck and Anke Hassel
Political-Economic Context and Partisan Strategies
in the German Federal Elections, 1990-2002
Herbert Kitschelt
The Changing Role of Political Protest Movements
Dieter Rucht

Part III: Reorganisation of State and Political Economy
Corporate Governance and the Disintegration of Organised Capitalism in the 1990s
Jürgen Beyer and Martin Höpner
The State of the Welfare State: German Social Policy between Macroeconomic Retrenchment and Microeconomic Recalibration
Stephan Leibfried and Herbert Obinger
The Politics of Citizenship in the New Republic
Michael Minkenberg
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 Identifiers: eDoc: 230506
ISBN: 0-7146-5588-0
ISBN: 0-7146-8473-2
ISBN: 0-203-48915-2
ISBN: 978-0-203-48915-4
ISBN: 978-0-7146-5588-8
ISBN: 978-0-7146-8473-4
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