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Economic Crises and Policy Regimes

Economic Crises and Policy Regimes

The Dynamics of Policy Innovation and Paradigmatic Change

Edited by Hideko Magara

In this innovative book, Hideko Magara brings together an expert team to explore both the possibilities and difficulties of transitioning from a neoliberal policy regime to an alternative regime through drastic policy innovations. The authors argue that, for more than two decades, citizens in developed countries have witnessed massive job losses, lowered wages, slow economic growth and widening inequality under a neoliberal policy regime that has placed heavy constraints on policy choices.

Chapter 4: Economic crises and growth regimes

Toshio Yamada

Subjects: economics and finance, political economy, welfare economics, politics and public policy, political economy, public policy, social policy and sociology, economics of social policy


The financial crisis of 2008 has developed into the Euro Zone crisis. In an initial phase of this long-lasting world economic crisis, we saw the breakdown of the American model of financial capitalism headed by investment banks. What type of capitalism was this collapsed financial capitalism or the finance-led growth model? Before the US economy became a finance-led one, what type of capitalism prevailed there? In the near future, what type of socioeconomic system will replace the finance-led one? These questions presuppose historical changes in American capitalism itself; thus, we face a question concerning the historical change or dynamics in time of capitalism. What is the economic state of other countries? Japan and Germany, for example, have also suffered from changes brought about by the financial crisis. These two countries, however, did not adopt the finance-led model à l'américaine; rather, they follow an export-led or industry-led capitalism model. They were not on a market-led trajectory but on a state-led or firm-led one. What about the Nordic, East Asian and Latin American countries, and emerging countries such as Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC)? Additionally, why do Euro Zone countries show such varied responses to the present crisis? The models inherent in these countries' economies can never be equated with the American model, regardless of the talk of 'globalization' and 'convergence across the world' among growth models. Euro Zone countries should vary greatly in terms of their economic structures.

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