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Making Sense of History
Debates, Practices and Developments in the West since the 1970s
Edited by Knud Andresen and Stefan Müller
244 pages, 4 tables, illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78533-620-1 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (September 2017)
eISBN 978-1-78533-621-8 eBook
Few would dispute that many Western industrial democracies undertook extensive deregulation in the 1970s and 1980s. Yet this narrative, in its most familiar form, depends upon several historiographical assumptions that bely the complexities and pitfalls of studying the recent past. Across thirteen case studies, the contributors to this volume investigate this “deregulatory moment” from a variety of historical perspectives, including transnational, comparative, pan-European, and national approaches. Collectively, they challenge an interpretive framework that treats individual decades in isolation and ignores broader trends that extend to the end of the Second World War.
Knud Andresen is a research fellow at the Forschungsstelle für Zeitgeschichte in Hamburg. His recent publications include Gebremste Radikalisierung. Die IG Metall und ihre Jugend 1968 bis in die 1980er Jahre (2016) and European Youth Revolt: European Perspectives on Youth Protest and Social Movements in the 1980s (2016; coedited with Bart van der Steen).
Stefan Müller is a research fellow at the Archiv der sozialen Demokratie (AdsD) der Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. His recent publications include “Humanisierung der Arbeitswelt 1.0. Historisch-kritische Befragung eines Reformprogramms der Neunzehnhundertsiebzigerjahre“ (in Solidarität im Wandel der Zeiten, ed. Willy Buschak, 2016) and “West German Trade Unions and the Policy of Détente, 1969–1989”(Moving the Social: Journal of Social History and the History of Social Movements 52, 2014).
Subject: Economic History Political Economy Postwar History
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Introduction: Contesting Deregulation – The 1970s as a Turning Point in Western History? Introductory Remarks
Knud Andresen and Stefan Müller
PART I: CONTINUITIES, OR: THE LONG SECOND HALF OF THE 20TH CENTURY
The Global Spread of Export Processing Zones, and the 1970s as a Decade of Consolidation
Continuity and Change in Germany’s Social Market Economy: A Matter of Economic Style?
Chapter 3. Pioneers of Capitalism. The Reshaping of the East German Planned Economy and the Managers of the Treuhandanstalt between State, Market and Society (1990–1994)
Chapter 4. Against the Deregulatory Tide: Privacy Protection Legislation in the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1970s and 1980s
Chapter 5. Changes in Business Organization: Integration in the American Workplace in the Early 1970s
PART II: CONCEPTUAL TRANSITION IN (STATE) REGULATION FROM THE 1970S TO THE 1980S
Helmut Schmidt, the ‘Renewal’ of European Social Democracy, and the Roots of Neoliberal Globalization
Chapter 7. The Changing Corporate Tax Order of the European Community
Chapter 8. The European Community and the Rise of a New Educational Order (1976–1986)
Chapter 9. Project-based Learning from the Late 1960s to the Early 1980s: A Case Study from Lansing and Bremen
PART III: REGULATORY TRANSITIONS IN ENTERPRISE PRACTICES
Chapter 10. Technological Advance, Transatlantic Trade, External Equilibrium. American Financial Assistance to the Italian Nuclear Power Programmes from the 1960s through the First Oil Crisis
Chapter 11. Capital Hits the Road: Regulating Multinational Corporations during the Long 1970s
Chapter 12. Marketization of the Enterprise: The Influence of Consultancy in the German Fibre Industry after the Boom
Chapter 13. From Mutual Society to Public Corporation: The Case of the Halifax Building Society
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