Baden-Württemberg: The Evolution of a ‘Model Region’
This chapter examines the economic history of Baden-Württemberg. Baden-Württemberg has a well-earned reputation as one of Europe's most successful regional economies. This reputation has been built on technical excellence and quality products in key engineering such as printing machinery. The first area of focus is on the regional governance of the Land, principally its relationship with the federal level of government. This chapter also explores the changes in corporate organization, consequent upon the discovery by German business of the need for serious restructuring. The role of intermediary organizations in the animation of the regional production system is also examined as a prelude to considering the implications, both objectively and in terms expressed by official commissions and the like, regarding the future of Baden-Württemberg's historically dominant regional engineering economy, in the face of global competitive pressures.
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