German transformation: new perspectives on unification

European Business Review

ISSN: 0955-534X

Article publication date: 1 June 2000




(2000), "German transformation: new perspectives on unification", European Business Review, Vol. 12 No. 3.



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German transformation: new perspectives on unification

Edited by Anthony GleesAn Anglo-German Foundation Publication

Keywords Germany, Economy

How did the unification of Germany affect its economy, public policy and social life? What progress has been made? Where does progress still need to be made? This report records the judgements and verdicts of significant policy-makers and leading social scientists from Britain and Germany who were assembled in a major conference held in Berlin in 1996. There are few events which have more deeply affected Europe since 1945 than Germany's transformation since 1990. How can social science research most effectively understand these great changes?

This transformation process is still under way and its ultimate outcome is unclear. The report deals with key questions such as:

  • How did the rapid transfer of market capitalism and a liberal political system onto an impoverished Communist economy affect the political, economic and social structures of eastern Germany?

  • The effects on western Germany and on the rest of Europe

  • What are Germany's prospects?

This report, edited by Anthony Glees, assesses the impact and future course of one of the key events of the past 50 years.

This report is only available from the Anglo-German Foundation Web site. It can be downloaded as a PDF File from:

For further information contact Anthony Glees on Fax: +44 (0) 1895-812 595 or Email:

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