Die wirtschaftliche Transformation in den neuen Ländern: Mehr als eine rein ökonomische Aufgabe

Often the rise from the ruins of socialism is only considered from an economic perspective. In fact we know that economic success relates to considerable extent to its cultural prerequisites. The article analyzes the present development of the New Lander within the perspective of pre-economic cultural imprints of East Germany. It shows for East Germany that beside the specific mixture of protestant work ethic and status seeking, which generated own “living worlds”, the different development of society, especially the middleclass basis and entrepreneurship are of special importance. In addition, the lost interest in unification by West Germany is an important factor that explains why West Germans had little interest to explain their own economic and social system. These conditions put economic performance in a critical perspective.

04. December 2009

Authors Ulrich Blum

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