Industrial Constructions: The Sources of German Industrial Power (Structural Analysis in the Social Sciences)

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This book is about the way in which industrial production in Germany was conditioned by social, political, and regional factors from the seventeenth century to the present. The argument is distinctive because it pays so much attention to small and medium sized firms, and because it suggests that Germany does not have a single coherent national system of industrial governance. This social constructivist point of view presents a direct challenge to the Gerschenkronian, Schumpetarian, and Chandlerian approaches to Germany's economic history.

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Germany's rise to industrial might has traditionally been attributed to the development of "organized" capitalism, which is said to encompass large, bureaucratic corporations, a unique system of universal banking, centralized peak associations, and an accommodating state. Gary Herrigel argues that this conceptualization of the sources of German industrial power is highly misleading because it ignores the achievement of a very robust alternative form of capitalism within the boundaries of the German political economy and overestimates the coherence of the national system of industrial governance. The upshot of Herrigel's argument is not only that there were several processes of industrialization that occurred simultaneously in German history, but that there has never been a single boundary between industry and the rest of society and politics in Germany; there have always been several. Theoretically, the book rejects the fundamentally unitary conceptions of industrialization and political economy underlying the Gerschenkronian, Schumpetarian, and Chandlerian principles that shape the traditional organized capitalism research program in the study of the German industrial economy and argues for a more open social constructivist approach.

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"No brief review can do justice to the wealth of detail and the broad range of sources with which this thesis is supported, backed as it is by footnote discussions that add 50% to the length of the book....this very important contribution will make it impossible, at least in the English language literature, to neglect in future the role of the nonautarkic industries in the economic rise of Germany....Backed, as they are in this case, by rich detail and knowledgeable insight, they make an important contribution that no one in the future will be able to ignore." Sidney Pollard, American Journal of Sociology

"...Gary Herrigel has produced an excellent history..." David Knoke, Contemporary Sociology

"...it provides a solid basis for understanding the history of technology and industrial policy in Germany." Edmund N. Todd, Technology and Culture

"...Herrigel provides a valuable overview of some recent research on Germany both past and present.... Clearly, this book should interest a wide range of economists, historians, and political scientists." Journal of Economic History

"Herrigel provides a valuable overview of some recent research on Germany both past and present. Of particular importance is the wealth of German-language research considered in this book, since that portion of the historical literature frequently escapes the attention of the Anglophone audience. Clearly, this book should interest a wide range of economists, historians and political scientists." Caroline Fohlin, The Journal Economic History

"Herrigel's analysis is at once informative....Herrigel has written a remarkably good book. He explicitly disavows any intention of presenting a general theory of German industrialization, and he does not present himself as an economist." K. Austin Kerr, H-Net Reviews

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