Macroeconomic Policy Regimes in Western Industrial Countries

By Hansjörg Herr, Milka Kazandziska

© 2011 – Routledge

272 pages | 50 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book analyses how the economic crisis in the 1970s led to the erosion of the regulated type of capitalism that came to be in place after World War II, and paved the way to a Neoliberal Globalisation. Deep structural institutional changes especially in the field of financial markets, labour markets and the international economy became the basis for a liberal type of capitalism which included financial markets in a dominant role. The new neoliberal model fundamentally changed the conditions for all macroeconomic policies. In this book, these macroeconomic policy regimes are discussed on a theoretical level.

Macroeconomic Policy Regimes in Western Industrial Countries explains how certain countries have created a more liberal and market-based type of capitalism. The emphasis throughout is on how understanding macroeconomic policies, and the institutional framework in which they operate, is vital to understanding the long-run dynamics of a capitalist economy. The policy regimes that are examined consist of changes in the financial system, monetary policy, fiscal policy, wage policy, and changes in distribution and foreign economic policy. The argument emerges that this deregulated type of capitalism is unacceptably unstable and is only preferable to a minority.

Moving on from the finance-driven development of recent decades, the authors take a look at the need for fundamental reforms, including institutional reforms in the areas of national and international financial and labour markets. Case studies from the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan dating from the 1970s up to today provide the reader with clear examples and analysis of the development in question. This book will be of interest to postgraduates and researchers of economics and political science.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Macroeconomic policy regimes and their assessment 2.1 General Characteristics of an Economic Policy Regime 2.2 Financial systems 2.2.1 Prototypes of financial systems 2.2.2 The type of financial system prevailing today 2.3 Foreign economic policy 2.3.1 Institutional changes 2.3.2 External economic constraints and strategies 2.4. Monetary policy 2.4.1 Institutional changes 2.4.2 Monetary policy options 2.5 Wage policy 2.5.1 Wages, prices and the wage norm 2.5.2 Labour market institutions 2.6 Fiscal policy 2.6.1 Institutional changes 2.6.2 Fiscal policy options 2.7 Income distribution 2.7.1 Development of income distribution 2.7.2 Income distribution and growth 2.8 A growth promoting macroeconomic policy regime – a summary 3. Case studies 3.1 The finance-led growth model of the USA 3.2 The "popular" finance-led growth model of the United Kingdom 3.3 The exhaustion of the German export model 3.4 Japan and the return of deflation 4. A New Globalisation: A wage-led and investment-led reform strategy

About the Authors

Hansjörg Herr is Professor for Supranational Integration at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany.

Milka Kazandziska is a lecturer at the Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany.

About the Series

Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy

In recent years, there has been widespread criticism of mainstream economics. This has taken many forms, from methodological critiques of its excessive formalism, to concern about its failure to connect with many of the most pressing social issues. This series provides a forum for research which is developing alternative forms of economic analysis. Reclaiming the traditional 'political economy' title, it refrains from emphasising any single school of thought, but instead attempts to foster greater diversity within economics.

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