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Innovation in Local EconomiesGermany in Comparative Context$
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Colin Crouch and Helmut Voelzkow

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199551170

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551170.001.0001

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Rule‐Breaking and Freedom of Rules in National Production Models: How German Capitalism Departs from the ‘Rhenish Equilibrium’

Rule‐Breaking and Freedom of Rules in National Production Models: How German Capitalism Departs from the ‘Rhenish Equilibrium’

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(p.22) 2 Rule‐Breaking and Freedom of Rules in National Production Models: How German Capitalism Departs from the ‘Rhenish Equilibrium’
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Innovation in Local Economies
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Ulrich Glassmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551170.003.0002

Accounts of the German socio-economic ‘model’ frequently start from an image of how that economy and its institutions operated in the 1980s and early 1990s. Not only has this image become out of date, but the fact that the German system is one which is undergoing continuing change means that it is difficult to depict German institutions in a state of equilibrium. New accounts, or images, have to be presented, not only very differently from the outdated accounts but also as institutions undergoing change. This chapter offers an account of this ‘moving image’, rather than a ‘snapshot’ of contemporary German capitalism, to provide a base for the appraisal of the regional and sectoral variants of that economy that appears in later chapters.

Keywords:   Germany, socio-economic model, capitalism economy, corporate governance, industrial relations, vocational training, inter-firm relations

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