In this Handelsblatt report, Peter Ross Range takes an in-depth look at the so called “German Model” of economic and political success. Why, amidst all of the negative issues currently surrounding European nations – and for that matter much of the world – does Germany seem to be doing so well?  By speaking to a number of individuals that help devise and run these seemingly successful policies in Germany, Mr. Ross Range hopes to find out what they are doing right, and what America may be able to learn from these experiences to address its own internal issues.

The German Model by Peter Ross Range, originally published for Handelsblatt

Peter Ross Range is a journalist who writes frequently on Germany and German affairs. He also coauthored a New York Times Op-Ed with AICGS President Jack Janes entitled Can Joachim Gauck Make Germany Likable?


Further reading on the topic of the “German Model”:

Has Germany Been successful Running a High-Wage Manufacturing Sector?, by Stephen Silvia

 

  • Rob Houck

    So, why can’t we adopt the German model? Possibly parts could make a difference here. I recall my father arguing for more vocational education in 1960. But the idea that we can model ourselves after Germany is impossible. We have a hard time recycling let alone separating bottles and cans. (I recall seeing a 16th century set of rules applicable in Nuernberg regarding what trash would be picked up. So we are perhaps 500 years behind.) Even if we could get employers to view employees as assets, to be preserved in hard times, they have to be pretty highly skilled to justify that. That in turn requires sophisticated products that cannot be produced by robots. Those products require a market. The Germans (and Austrians and Swiss) have pretty well saturated the world market for such goods. We are more mobile than the Germans. If you know you will live in your house for 30-40 years, you may be willing to pay a master craftsman to install your toilet or kitchen. You buy a better, heavier washing machine because you will never move it and will use it until it wears out. I could go on. So, it’s fun to see the German formula, but figuring out which parts might work here… that’s no easy job. Oh yes, health care – the amount of time and effort Americans put into thinking about health care and its financing…… And decisions about jobs and moving and starting their own businesses based on getting health insurance. Germans spend their time thinking about other things. I’d be interested in hearing what aspects of the German system readers think we can adopt.