The aim of this paper is to explain the different stages of the political and economic reunification. The focus will be on interdependences between political and economic reunification. How did the political protagonists react to actions made by the business? How did the economic protagonists react to political guidelines? Taking the development of the foundation activities in the New Federal States as an example, the interaction of the economic and political forces which determined the transformation process of the former GDR to the New Federal States, will be examined. The foundation dynamics will be anaiysed in the sectoral, market structural and regional respect. It becomes evident that the New Federal States have already passed an impressive economic process - between 1989 and 1993 - of transformation, which is oriented towards the model of the Old Federal States. Although the German Democratic Republic was a Special case among the socialist states of the Eastern Bloc, the findings of the transformation process could be transferred to other states which have to pass a similiar metamorphosis.

Fier, Andreas and Michael Woywode (1994), Unternehmensgründungen im ostdeutschen Transformationsprozess, in: Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW) Jahrgang 2, Vol. 3, Nomos Verlag, Baden-Baden, 237-260.


Fier, Andreas
Woywode, Michael


enterprises, foundation, Germany, transformation, Länder