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Title: Coping with disparity: continuity and discontinuity in economic policy since unification
Authors: Leaman, Jeremy
Keywords: Germany
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: © Camden House
Citation: LEAMAN, J., 2006. Coping with disparity: continuity and discontinuity in economic policy since unification. In: Taberner, S. and Cooke, P. (eds.). German culture, politics, and literature into the twenty-first century : beyond normalization. Rochester, NY: Camden House, pp. 31-48.
Abstract: Fourteen years on, Germany remains an abnormal state in which many of the features of abnormality have become firmly entrenched, i.e. normalised. This is the best approximation to a shorthand characterisation of Germany’s political economy in 2004. Whatever features of ‘normalisation’/ homogenisation/ standardisation or convergence with an EU or OECD ‘norm’ can be adduced for Germany, there are features of abnormality which persist; these arguably set the Federal Republic apart from comparator states. In this paper, I only intend to examine selective aspects of economic policy, but there is little doubt that these have been and continue to be significantly affected by Germany’s abnormal features: the uniqueness of the German Question in European history, the trauma of European genocide, defeat, dismemberment and separation, national division along the systemic fault-line between ‘East’ and ‘West’, its – in part unwelcome – role as hegemonic ‘first among equals’ within the EU, and then Unification: the first and as yet only experiment in which a state socialist society was reabsorbed into a prosperous capitalist economy.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/15444
Publisher Link: https://www.camden-house.com/default_camden.asp
ISBN: 1571133380
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