The European Economy since 1945: Coordinated Capitalism and Beyond

The European Economy since Coordinated Capitalism and Beyond In many Europeans still heated with coal cooled their food with ice and lacked indoor plumbing Today things could hardly be different Over the second half of the twentieth century the averag

  • Title: The European Economy since 1945: Coordinated Capitalism and Beyond
  • Author: Barry Eichengreen
  • ISBN: 9780691127101
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1945, many Europeans still heated with coal, cooled their food with ice, and lacked indoor plumbing Today, things could hardly be different Over the second half of the twentieth century, the average European s buying power tripled, while working hours fell by a third The European Economy since 1945 is a broad, accessible, forthright account of the extraordinaryIn 1945, many Europeans still heated with coal, cooled their food with ice, and lacked indoor plumbing Today, things could hardly be different Over the second half of the twentieth century, the average European s buying power tripled, while working hours fell by a third The European Economy since 1945 is a broad, accessible, forthright account of the extraordinary development of Europe s economy since the end of World War II Barry Eichengreen argues that the continent s history has been critical to its economic performance, and that it will continue to be so going forward Challenging standard views that basic economic forces were behind postwar Europe s success, Eichengreen shows how Western Europe in particular inherited a set of institutions singularly well suited to the economic circumstances that reigned for almost three decades Economic growth was facilitated by solidarity centered trade unions, cohesive employers associations, and growth minded governments all legacies of Europe s earlier history For example, these institutions worked together to mobilize savings, finance investment, and stabilize wages However, this inheritance of economic and social institutions that was the solution until around 1973 when Europe had to switch from growth based on brute force investment and the acquisition of known technologies to growth based on increased efficiency and innovation then became the problem Thus, the key questions for the future are whether Europe and its constituent nations can now adapt their institutions to the needs of a globalized knowledge economy, and whether in doing so, the continent s distinctive history will be an obstacle or an asset.

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    1. I had to read a few chapters of this book for a course I took in European economic history. Largely, the book (at least the parts I read) details "the golden age", roughly the period from 1945 to 1973, which was a time when the countries of Western Europe recovered rapidly from the staggering devastation caused by World War II.

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