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Unwitting ArchitectGerman Primacy and the Origins of Neoliberalism$
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Julian Germann

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781503609846

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9781503609846.001.0001

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Foreign Economic Policy and Advanced Unevenness

Foreign Economic Policy and Advanced Unevenness

(p.34) Chapter 2 Foreign Economic Policy and Advanced Unevenness
Unwitting Architect

Julian Germann

Stanford University Press

This chapter develops an alternative framework to understand Germany’s role in the global rise of neoliberalism. Eschewing a comparative approach, it interrogates the German political economy as not only different from but fundamentally entwined with other national political economies. The lens of uneven and combined development is used to conceptualize this interconnectedness, emphasizing the co-evolution of national capitalisms, the systemic pressures that arise from their coexistence, and the interactive context of foreign economic decision making. This heuristic characterizes neoliberalism as an interactive process involving several states and diverse ideas, rather than an Anglo-American project writ large. Neoliberalism, in this view, did not arise from the domestic conditions prevailing in the US or the UK alone, but within a wider international environment structured by the German state for particular reasons that precede the Anglo-American turn and continue to shape its crisis management today.

Keywords:   uneven and combined development, capitalism, foreign economic policy, comparative political economy, international political economy, Germany

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