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Colin Crouch and Helmut Voelzkow
Innovation in Local Economies
Germany in Comparative Context

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009
211 pages | ISBN 978-0-19-955117-0 | £ 50.00
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Abstract | Contents | Editors




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 in another 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: 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 often capable 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.



1. Introduction: Local and Sectoral Diversity Within National Economic Systems
Colin Crouch, Helmut Voelzkow
2. Rule-Breaking and Freedom of Rules in National Production Models: How German Capitalism Departs from the 'Rhenish Equilibrium'
Ulrich Glassmann
3. Three Cases of Changing Capitalism: Sweden, Hungary, and the United Kingdom
Colin Crouch, Maarten Keune, Pernilla S. Rafiqui, Örjan Sjöberg, András Tóth
4. The Furniture Industry in Ostwestfalen-Lippe and Southern Sweden
Pernilla S. Rafiqui, Martin Schröder, Örjan Sjöberg, Helmut Voelzkow, Colin Crouch
5. Testing the West German Model in East Germany and Hungary: The Motor Industry in Zwickau and Győr
Maarten Keune, Geny Piotti, András Tóth, Colin Crouch
6. The Development of Munich and Cambridge Therapeutic Biotech Firms: A Case Study of Institutional Adaptation 
Simcha Jong
7. Creative Local Development in Cologne and London Film and TV Production 
Sabine Elbing, Ulrich Glassmann, Colin Crouch
8. Conclusions: Local and Global Sources of Capitalist Diversity
Colin Crouch, Martin Schröder, Helmut Voelzkow



Colin Crouch, Professor of Governance and Public Management, University of Warwick Business School, and Helmut Voelzkow, Professor for the International Comparison of Societies, University of Osnabrück.

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