Innovation in Local Economies: Germany in Comparative Context by Colin Crouch

Innovation in Local Economies: Germany in Comparative Context

byColin Crouch, Helmut Voelzkow

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The study of varieties of capitalism is moving on from the analysis of static national types to embrace local and sectoral diversity and the study of systems in the process of major change. This volume addresses the issue by examining four localised sectors, comparing a German case with one inanother European country. The general changes taking place in Germany itself and the other countries (Hungary, Sweden, and the UK) form the context of the studies. The case studies concern:* Furniture making in North-Rhine Westphalia and southern Sweden,* Automotive manufacture in east Germany and northern Hungary,* Biotechnology around Munich and Cambridge,* TV programme and film-making in Cologne and central London.The studies find a complex pattern of conformity with, and deviation from, national types, but only occasional examples of where divergence takes the form of a direct confrontation with a national model. This is partly because national models are themselves changing; partly because they are oftencapable of accommodating more diversity than is often assumed by national studies; and partly because firms are increasingly able to reach outside their national boundaries for institutional resources.

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Professor Colin Crouch is chair of the Institute of Governance and Public Management at the Business School of Warwick University. He is also the External Scientific member of the Max-Planck-Institute for the Study of Societies at Cologne. He previously taught sociology at the LSE, and was fellow and tutor in politics at Trinity Colle...
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Title:Innovation in Local Economies: Germany in Comparative ContextFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:April 30, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Colin Crouch and Helmut Voelzkow: Introduction2. Ulrich Glassmann: The German National Model in a State of Flux3. Colin Crouch: Sweden, Hungary and the UK as Cases of Changing Capitalism4. Orjan Sjoberg, Pernilla Sjoqvist Rafiqui, Helmut Voelzkow, and Martin Schroder: Furniture-Making in Southern Sweden and in Northern North-Rhine-Westphalia5. Geny Piotti, Maarten Keune, and Andras Toth: Motor Manufacture in Zwickau and Gyor6. Ulrich Glassmann and Sabine Elbing: Film-Making in Cologne and London7. Simcha Jong: Bio-Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge and Munich8. Colin Crouch and Helmut Voelzkow: Conclusions