Harm G. Schröter's Americanization of the European Economy: A compact survey of PDF

By Harm G. Schröter

ISBN-10: 1402028849

ISBN-13: 9781402028847

One of many major positive aspects of the realm financial system because the past due 19th century has been the becoming dominance of the yank financial system in either quantitative and qualitative phrases. features of this improvement - e.g. explanation or the world-wide diffusion of Coca-Cola - were researched, yet mostly in isolation. Americanization of the ecu economic climate presents a complete but compact survey of the expansion of yank fiscal impact in Europe because the Eighteen Eighties. 3 precise yet cumulative waves of Americanization are pointed out. Americanization was once (and nonetheless is) a posh means of technological, political, and cultural move, and this review explains why and the way the us and the yank version of business capitalism got here to be authorized because the dominant paradigm of political economic system in modern day Europe. Americanization of the ecu economic climate summarizes the continuing dialogue through company historians, sociologists, and political scientists and makes it available to all kinds of readers who're attracted to political and financial improvement.

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All countries tried to recover economic prosperity not by laissez-faire mechanisms of foreign trade and open markets, but by mercantilist-style policies of concentrating on national resources, which included formal and informal empires. Remedies were no longer sought on the basis of Adam Smith’s open international market but on Friedrich List’s national protectionism. State intervention, planning, cooperation (cartels), and organization were the new keywords of the day. The American prototype of competitive capitalism, which European business and political leaders had found increasingly attractive since the beginning of the century, forfeited its allure by the crash of 1929.

Not only were the best times and best places for showing a film investigated, but also the differences between large and small towns, age of the audience, as well as the specific appeal of individual film stars. The consequences could be far-reaching. Not even divas such as Greta Garbo were immune. When Garbo attempted a come-back in 1947, she could not obtain a role, for the simple reason that Gallup polls showed that the American audience could not imagine her return to the screen. No studio doubted her ability, but the market had spoken, and for American film companies it was the market that decided, not artistic quality.

Consequently, European politicians were increasingly willing to cede to the economy a much larger role in society than previously, this, too, a feature of Americanization. But a substantial gap remained as shown by the differing world economic strategies of GE and IG Farben. Both firms dominated the world in their respective fields of electrical equipment and chemicals, and both wanted to achieve an orderly, stable world market. GE pursued this goal by financial means. It bought minority holdings in competing firms and used this investment power to control competition but not to eliminate it.

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