Politics in Hard Times: Comparative Responses To International Economic Crises

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Politics in Hard Times: Comparative Responses To International Economic Crises

By Peter Gourevitch
Cornell University Press, 1986
267 pp. $27.50
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The "rather grandiose project" of this interesting book is nothing less than an examination of how Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and the United States coped with (and were shaped by) three periods of economic trouble: the last quarter of the 19th century, the Great Depression and "the wide gyrations" of the 1970s and 1980s. With such a scope generalizations are elusive and, if found, perhaps suspect if not obvious. But Professor Gourevitch is interested in contrasts as well as similarities and brings to bear a very wide range of analytical literature to explain why things happened (and sometimes why they did not). Usually requiring close attention, and with some jargon, the book has much to say about how political and economic processes have changed over a century, and the modern nation state with them.

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