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The German Financial System$
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Jan P. Krahnen and Reinhard H. Schmidt

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253166

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199253161.001.0001

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The Purpose and Structure of the Book

The Purpose and Structure of the Book

(p.3) 1 The Purpose and Structure of the Book
The German Financial System

Jan P. Krahnen (Contributor Webpage)

Reinhard H. Schmidt (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter starts by discussing the motivation for writing the book, which is that although Germany is often cited as the most prominent example of a country with a bank-based – as opposed to a market-oriented financial system – there has, until now, been no account of the many developments and changes that have occurred in the financial architecture of the country. Next, it summarises the questions to be asked from the modern literature on the development and design of financial systems. An outline is then given of the structure of the book, which is divided into four parts that (I) give an introduction to and overview of financial systems and the German financial system in particular (2 chapters), (II) look at the German financial sector and German corporate finance (7 chapters), (III) focus on regulation and corporate governance in Germany (5 chapters), and (IV) based on the previous chapters, take stock and look ahead (1 chapter). The final section outlines the appropriate audiences for the book.

Keywords:   bank-based financial system, financial system development, financial systems, German corporate governance, German financial system, regulation

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