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Opting for Oil : The Political Economy of Technological Change in the West German Industry, 1945-1961 - Raymond G. Stokes

Opting for Oil

The Political Economy of Technological Change in the West German Industry, 1945-1961

Hardcover Published: 28th January 1994
ISBN: 9780521451246
Number Of Pages: 274

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This book investigates the causes, course, and consequences of the shift in West German chemical technology from a coal to a petroleum basis between 1945 and 1961. It examines the historical underpinnings of technological culture of the German chemical industry; changing political and economic constraints on technological decision-making in the postwar period; and the actual decision-making process within five individual firms. The study's main importance lies in its detailed portrayal of decision-making within individual chemical firms. By addressing a wide variety of broader issues, as well--including the origins and impact of the division of Germany; the effects of the Wirtschaftswunder, or economic miracle; European integration; and the changing role of the West German Federal Republic in the international political order--this book explains how West German industry regained and then retained a competitive position in world markets.

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Introduction
Background
Politics and technological excellence: organic chemicals, 1860û1945
Western German chemicals in flux, 1945û1955
Bargaining from Strength: The Political Economy Of Technological Change, 1945û1955
A new agenda, 1949û1955: Cold War, changing energy patterns and the development of West German chemical technology
Rejoining the international community: international cooperation and technology transfer, 1951û1955
Alternative Paths to Plenty: Case Studies from the mid-1950s
Fifty-fifty with the petroleum multinationals: BASF, Shell, and Rheinische Olefinwerke
Fifty-fifty with the petroleum multinationals: Bayer, British Petroleum, and Erdolchemie
Going it alone: Hoechst
State's interest and technological change: Huls and cold-rubber technology
End game strategies: the German coal industry and the FischerûTropsch process
Consolidating the New Regime, 1957û1961
Petrochemicals triumphant, 1957û1961
Conclusion
Index
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ISBN: 9780521451246
ISBN-10: 0521451248
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 274
Published: 28th January 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 16.0  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.54