A Comparative Political Economy of Industrial Capitalism by R. Mascarenhas
By R. Mascarenhas
This comparative examine of business capitalism is an exam of state-economy family members in combined economies starting from the interventionist German and eastern to the fewer interventionist Anglo-American. Following the postwar consensus that ended in the 'golden age' (1950-1973) and ended with the power main issue, the Anglo-American economies followed neoliberalism whereas Germany and Japan remained interventionist. This led to the emergence of nationwide kinds of capitalism. whereas reading the elevated pageant among them, R.C.Mascarenhas additionally notes the effect of globalization in addition to 'alternative capitalism' with the survival and re-emergence of commercial districts.
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