Germany's Balanced Development: The Real Wealth of a Nation

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private associations. The range of Verein activities covers sports, church aid and charitable work, music, and animal protection. Like the Verbände, the Vereine have codified statutes. They are however mostly run by honorary officials. The same formalism and pride in holding titles characterize the functioning of private and professional associations alike.

Like the trade unions, the Vereine have lost membership in recent years. However, they continue to rope in a sizeable cross-section of the population into social activities and charitable work.

Commitment is thus linked to the estate order of the Mittelstandsgesellschaft. The individual participates through professional and private associations in the res publica. His vocation and his affiliations provide him with an assigned social role.

Order, the central quality analyzed in connection with the business mentality, and commitment are a formidable combination of virtues. Together, they often form a collective corset, inciting an inner rebellion in individuals that can lead to militancy and violence. Leftist terrorism and neo-Nazi agitation in Germany can be seen in this light. They are as much a form of brutal self-assertion as one of political affiliation, a revolt against what some critics have polemically entitled the "structural violence" of the German set-up. They are also a revolt against the leveling pressure of the Mittelstandsgesellschaft. The emergence of new interest groups such as the Greens, the Anti-Atomic-Energy, and the Peace movements has been of therapeutic value to German society, because it allowed for a constructive ventilation of dissatisfaction.

Germany's distinctive sociocapitalism is poised between the United States and Japan. It incorporates the univeralism of an Anglo-Saxon Protestant culture, with appropriate value attached to covenants--and to the rights and duties of the individual. At the same time, it has elements of the particularity of a Japanese-style symbiotic community with carefully defined roles for the individual.

Germany's economic wealth, its social welfare, and the well-being it provides to the individual all depend on its ability, in a constantly changing world environment, to inspire and harness commitment without stifling self- will.


NOTES
1.
Quoted in Ernst Engelberg, Bismarck--das Reich in der Mitte Europas ( Berlin: Siedler, 1991), p. 396.
2.
Harold James, A German Identity ( London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1989), p. 3.
3.
Alfred D. Chandler Jr., Scale and Scope ( Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990), p. 11; see also E. Klein, "The U.S./Japanese HR Culture Clash," in Personnel Journal, November 1992, pp. 30ff.
4.
R. J. Berling, "The Emerging Approach to Business Strategy: Building a Relationship Advantage," in Business Horizons, July-August 1993, pp. 16ff.
5.
Quote from the article by Wilhelm Bleek and Stefan Machura, "Ministerialbürokratie," in Uwe Andersen and Wichard Woyke (eds.), Handwörterbuch des politischen Systems der Bundesrepublk Deutschland

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Figures ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 19
  • Chapter 1- The Mittelstand: Microcosm Of The Germany Economy 23
  • Notes 44
  • Chapter 2- Order and the Business Mentality 47
  • Notes 73
  • Chapter 3- Commitment and the Business Environment 77
  • Notes 104
  • Chapter 4- The Socioeconomic Foundations of Wealth 107
  • Notes 136
  • Chapter 5- The Cultural Roots of Order And Commitment 141
  • Notes 164
  • Chapter 6- The Psychological Roots Of Order and Commitment 167
  • Notes 184
  • Chapter 7- Past Miracles, Present Continuity, Future Consensus 187
  • Notes 218
  • Selected Bibliography 223
  • Index 227
  • About the Author 230
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