Auf Wiedersehen, Rhineland Model: Embedding Neoliberalism in Germany

  • Georg Menz
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


A Thatcherite revolution never occurred in Germany. Indeed, notwithstanding considerable pressures toward convergence on the liberal Anglo-American model (Harding and Patterson 2000), emanating from economic liberalization induced by the European Union (EU) and the global dissemination of neoliberal ideology and policies, the relative institutional stability of Rhineland capitalism has been interpreted as evidence of its continuing resilience. The highly organized neocorporatist Rhineland political economy of Germany has commonly been considered a distinct coordinated or ‘nonliberal’ variety of capitalism (Albert, 1991; Streeck, 1996; Coates, 2000; Schmidt, 2002; Streeck and Yamamura 2002).


European Union Welfare State Trade Union Industrial Relation Economic Liberalization 
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Further reading

  1. Harding, Rebecca and William E. Paterson (eds) (2000) The Future of the German Economy: An End to the Miracle?, Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. An excellent edited volume, comprising a number of important contributions on the debate about the future of the German political economy.Google Scholar
  2. Bischoff, Joachim, Frank Deppe, and Klaus Peter Kisker (eds) (1998) Das Ende des Neoliberalismus? Wie die Republik verändert wurde, Hamburg: VSA Verlag. An interesting collection of essays that reflect on the Kohl era and its impact on the political-economic culture, economy, and society in Germany.Google Scholar
  3. Dümcke, Wolfgang and Fritz Vilmar (eds) (1996) Kolonialisierung der DDR: Kritische Analysen und Alternativen des Einigungsprozesses, Münster, Germany: Agenda. A thought-provoking edited collection on Kohl’s approach to German unification, in many ways contributing to the current political and economic malaise.Google Scholar

Useful websites

  1. Website of the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin.
  2. Website of the German government’s newly created joint ministry for economic and labor affairs.
  3. Website of the governmental Institute for Labor and Employment Research.

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