International and comparative business : foundations of political economies / Leo McCann
- McCann, Leo, 1976-
- London : SAGE Publications, Ltd., 2014.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (376 pages) : illustrations
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Introducing the Field -- Chapter objectives -- Introduction: a global economy, but made of many Varieties of capitalism' -- Introducing the two main `models' of capitalism: liberal market economies versus coordinated market economies -- One economy or many? Globalization theory versus international and comparative business approaches -- Are all forms of capitalism `in crisis'? What is the `best' model? -- The need to study the foundations of political economies: the rationale behind this book -- Conclusion: Plotting a path through complexity -- Further reading -- 2.Theorizing Varieties of Capitalism -- Chapter objectives -- Exploring the emergence of VoC -- Assessing the core claims of VoC theory -- Conclusion -- Further reading -- 3.The USA: The World's Foremost Economic, Political and Military Power -- Chapter objectives -- Introduction -- The emergence of the American powerhouse: rugged individualism and `wild' capitalism -- The beast is tamed: the new traditions of US managerial capitalism -- From managerial to investor capitalism in the USA -- Questioning the future of the US model -- Conclusion: the most influential model of all? -- Further reading -- 4.The United Kingdom: A Problematic Triumph of Finance Over Industry -- Chapter objectives -- Introduction -- Empire, riches and poverty: The troubled history of a great power -- Labour's welfare state and the establishment of national managerial capitalism -- The 1980s: Thatcherism, neoliberal reform, and the collapse of UK industry -- From boom to bust in the New Labour decade -- Conclusion: An unstable, unresolved model -- Further reading -- 5.France: Powerful Traditions Turning to Radical Change -- Chapter objectives -- Introduction -- `Les trente glorieuses': The high tide of the French model of state-led organized capitalism -- May 1968 and the shift towards socialism -- The `second spirit' evaporates? France faces up to a neoliberal reform -- Conclusion: The ideal of French socialism -- an unattainable dream? -- Further reading -- 6.Germany: Europe's `Production Machine' -- Chapter objectives -- Introduction -- The historical roots of Germany's `cooperative managerial Capitalism' (1815--1918) -- Inter-war chaos and the descent into Fascism and war (1919--1945) -- The Wirtschaftwunder. the ascendance of the German post-war socio-economic model (1955--1990) -- The 1990s and beyond: restructuring Deutschland AG? -- Conclusion -- Futher reading -- 7.Nordic Economies: The Employee Dignity Agenda -- Chapter objectives -- Introduction -- Late industrialization and capital--labour compromise: The historical bases of the Nordic models -- Living in `the people's home': The post-war heyday of the Nordic model -- Challenges to Scandinavian social democracy in the 1990s: towards disorganized capitalism? -- Conclusion -- Futher reading -- 8.Russia and the Former Soviet Union: The Radical Adoption, Creation, and Abandonment of Models -- Chapter objectives -- An archaic system lurches into modernity: The pre-revolutionary era (1812--1917) -- `A modernized autocracy of great power': The Soviet System (1921--1991) -- Stagnation and collapse: why did the USSR fail? -- Rushing headlong into a neoliberal future -- chaos and reform under Yeltsin (1991--1999) -- A return to state control? Russia under Putin and the `strongmen' -- Conclusion: a powerful but unstable economic model -- Further reading -- 9.India: A Turbulent Transformation -- Chapter objectives -- Introduction -- The colonial economy of India (1757--1947) -- The `slowly paced assent up the Marxist mountain': exploring economic planning in India -- Stagnation and corruption: The low point of the Congress era -- `A forward march by private enterprise': reforms, privatization and liberalization -- `The India way'? An assessment of the Contemporary Indian Economy -- Conclusion -- Further reading -- 10.China: Multiple Models Amid Growth and Change -- Chapter objectives -- Introduction -- From early leadership to stagnation and decline -- Vigour and chaos: the planned economy of the People's Republic of China -- Experimenting with markets and globalization: Deng Xiaoping's `reform and opening-up' -- China today: winners and losers in `market socialism' -- Conclusion -- Further reading -- 11.Japan: Still the World's Second Most Prominent Model? -- Chapter objectives -- Introduction -- Japan's phenomenal growth: an historical overview -- Japan in the post-war period -- The era of high-growth -- The 1980s: Japan triumphant; but hubris sets in -- The 1990s: `the lost decade' -- Mid-2000s, and beyond -- has Japan finally emerged from recession? -- Conclusion: a troubled, yet powerful and influential model -- Further Reading -- 12.Conclusion -- Chapter objectives -- Understanding continuity and change, both in institutions and in capitalism.
- Globalization has profound effects on national economies even as distinct national "models" of capitalism remain. International and Comparative Business accessibly tracks the historical and socio-political contexts of the world's major countries on a chapter-by-chapter basis to the present day. The book provides a comprehensive, critical, yet concise introduction to each of the economies' key features, including macro overviews as well as organizational and workplace-level analysis. Each chapter features learning objectives, in-depth interpretation and critique of key literature, and annotated further reading to allow readers to rigorously navigate their way through the wealth of material available for each country. This text is essential reading for students and researchers in the areas of international business and cross-cultural management, comparative political economy, and history.
- 9781526401656 (ebook)
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- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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