Tag Archives: Germany

The “responsible”, the “irresponsible” and the Political Economy of the Sovereign Debt Crisis

There are “irresponsible” countries (Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain) which caused the current crisis; and there are “responsible” governments (Germany), which for some reason are asked to repay others’ debts and have the right to refuse to bail “irresponsibles” out and to insist the … Continue reading

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In economic policymaking, ideas matter. But how? And whose ideas? Campbell & Pedersen have insightful answers

John Maynard Keynes famously said: “The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong are more powerful than is commonly understood.” In politics, policymaking and in the economy, ideas matter indeed. Yet … Continue reading

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Futures and ethnographies of ‪neoliberalism‬

The special issue of Cultural Anthropology “Futures of ‪Neoliberalism‬” (open access) offers theoretically-astute and fine-grained ethnographic analyses of the effects of profound changes across the Globe in various fields: workers’ wageless and disrupted life in ‪‎Brazil‬, governance of young right-extremists in … Continue reading

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Democratic pressure lead to abolition of ‪‎university‬ ‪tuition‬ fee in ‪‎Germany‬. This ‪‎neoliberal‬ experiment contributed to increasing educational and income ‪‎inequality‬

During the past eight years, university tuition fees were introduced into most German federal states as under Germany’s federal system, state governments run education policy. Yet during the last months, as a result of political processes and increasing public pressure … Continue reading

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“Disintegrating Democracy at Work: Labor Unions and the Future of Good Jobs in the Service Economy”, a book by Virginia Doellgast

The shift to service-based economy has often been accompanied by the expansion of low wage and insecure employment. Many consider the effects of this shift inevitable. Based on a impressive comparative study of the changes that occurred in the organization … Continue reading

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“Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity” by Kathleen Thelen examines contemporary changes in labor market institutions

In her new excellent book Varieties of Liberalization and the New Politics of Social Solidarity a leading political scientist and institutional scholar Kathleen Thelen (MIT) examines contemporary changes in labor market institutions in the United States, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and the Netherlands, focusing … Continue reading

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Financialization, New Investment Funds, and Labour: An International Comparison

Financialization, New Investment Funds, and Labour: An International Comparison provides a comprehensive analysis of the development of New Investment Funds —private equity, hedge funds, and sovereign wealth funds—and their impact upon labour and employment. Several countries are selected for in-depth treatment: US, UK, … Continue reading

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Varieties of Capitalism classification is not applicable to Asia

“Asian business systems: institutional comparison, clusters and implications for varieties of capitalism and business systems theory” (open access paper) presents an institutional comparison of 13 major Asian business systems—China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Korea, … Continue reading

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Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World

Today I recalled this fascinating book “Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World” by Liaquat Ahamed. It’s commonly believed that the Great Depression that began in 1929 resulted from a confluence of events beyond any one person’s or … Continue reading

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