Abelshauser - Chapter 04
1. Many Roads Lead to Rome
One result of this study is already clear: the search for the reasons for the durability
of the German production regime in the previous one hundred years
must begin in the late nineteenth century. The institutions that determined the
"German path" in the twentieth century and that continue to inform institutional
and, in particular, organizational change were shaped under the empire.
The course staked out becomes even clearer when compared to the developmental
lines of neighboring national economies, whose economic patterns of
organization were formed against a different cultural background. Great
Britain and the United States are of special interest in this respect. The British
economy did not follow Germany's postindustrial transition in the late nineteenth
century, whereas the American production regime initially had parallels
with the German model but then increasingly diverged from it after 1900.