While unification has undoubtedly had major effects on Germany's political economy, the pattern of current policy-making preferences was established at an earlier stage, in particular, at the beginning of the 'Kohl-era' in 1982.
Jeremy Leaman is Senior Lecturer in German and European Political Economy at Loughborough University. He has published widely on German political economy and modern German history. He is currently working on a study of the political economy of taxation. He is also managing editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies and is a member of the editorial board of Debatte - Review of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe.
"...a superb manuscript...makes an important addition to the scholarly literature. Powerfully argued, it ranges very widely over political, economic, and financial developments, is based on a very good range of sources, and addresses an important set of issues on which there is very little in English, certainly not of book length. It 'translates' a wide range of German scholarship, while critiquing that scholarship and adding to it. It is well written in general, and there is a passion here that is rare in scholarly books." * Ray Stokes, Centre for Business History, Glasgow University