Germany is clearly the dominant economic force in Europe. It occupies the pivotal position of being at the centre of both the EC and of attempts to rebuild the economies of East Central Europe. The German Economy traces the various aspects of German policy and growth, concentrating in particular on the last two decades. These include:
- the German economy in perspective
- the regional dimension
- fiscal policy
- monetary policy
- social policy
- the labour market
- banking and finance
- industry, trade and economic policy.
In The German Economy Eric Owen Smith has produced the only comprehensive account of the contemporary German economy currently available in English.
`...the book offers an extraordinary mine of information for the academic student of the German political economy. There are richly rewarding chapters on fiscal policy, monetary policy, social policy, the labour market, banking and finance, regions, and industry, trade and economic policy.' - Professor Kenneth Dyson, German Politics
`Owen Smith's text is an impressively comprehensive and detailed piece of work.'
`The book abounds with facts and statistics essential to an understanding of the evolution of the early recovery and then rapid expansion of the economy. In the English language, it is probably the best single reference available.' - Dieter Helm, Times Higher Education Supplement