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The Chameleon State
Global Culture and Policy Shifts in Britain and Germany, 1914-1933
192 pages, 7 tables, 7 figs, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-174-5 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (March 1999)
"A truly fine and carefully researched work of historical sociology that contributes significantly to comparative history and also to our understanding of the two leading European industrial nations in the interwar period." · Gerald D. Feldman, University of California, Berkeley
The role of the state in capitalist societies has been a bone of considerable contention among scholars. The two founding fathers of sociology held radically opposing views on this subject which were reflected in the numerous debates over subsequent decades to this day. Yet, no answer has been found to the vexing question: on whose side is the state in capitalist societies? The author examines current theories and, comparing Britain and Germany, shows that they are unable to explain the contradictory social and industrial policies in these two countries during the twentieth century. Based on in-depth archival and secondary sources the author offers an alternative theoretical framework, one that focuses on the interactions among historical contingencies, the global cultural context, and political processes.
Tien-Lung Liu is Assistant Professor in Sociology at Emory University. He specializes in historical comparative sociology and is currently focussing on the comparative study of political economies of China and other Asian countries.
Subject: 20th Century History
Area: Germany Europe
Chapter 1. Contingencies, Global Culture, and Policy Shifts
Chapter 2. The British and German Labor Ministries: Similarities and Differences
Chapter 3. Veering away from British Pluralism: Class Interests and Statist Pursuits
Chapter 4. Bending German Statism: Pluralist Compromises and Class Interests
Chapter 5. Predicting Policy Shifts
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