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13:42 Nov 6, 2007
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German to English translations [PRO] Social Sciences - Economics
German term or phrase:Ökonomisierungsprozesse
In der soziologischen Forschung beobachten wir in den letzten Jahrzehnten Ökonomisierungsprozesse, die zu einer Ausbreitung von Marktstrukturen geführt haben: etwa durch die Privatisierung öffentlicher Betriebe, durch die verstärkte Ausrichtung kapitalmarktabhängiger Unternehmen am Shareholder Value, aber vor allem durch die Einführung marktähnlicher Strukturen als indirekten Steuerungselementen innerhalb von Organisationen.
I am thinking along the lines of:
In sociological research, we have evidenced the application of economic principles being on the advance during past decades, leading to the dispersion of market structures: ...
But there is bound to be a more elegant solution. I would appreciate any suggestions.
I would like to thank you very much for your help! I really appreciate it. I have decided to go with "expansion in the application of economic principles" which apprears to work best in the context of this paper. Thanks again!
Thank you all for your suggestions so far! However, I am not quite sure that rationalization or streamlining really precisely fit what is meant with Ökonomisierung in this context (although such processes are indeed implied). Its meaning is more along the line of Steffen's interpretation below: expanding the areas in which economic rationale is applied. That may pertain to the privatization of the public sector as well as to the application of economic principles within organizations etc. (as the examples in the sentence above indicate).
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14 mins confidence:
Explanation: In sociological research, the last few decades have seen rationalisation measures, resulting in an expansion of market structures ...
Explanation: Just a hunch. One of the ideas behind "ökonomisieren" is to avoid waste and operate more efficiently - at least that's my understanding of the word. Anyway, enhancing efficiently, "lean management" and so on is what "streamlining" is all about.
Perhaps something along these lines:
"In sociological research, over the past few decades we have witnessed streamlining processes that have led to the widespread introduction of market structures..."
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an "expansion" of market structures (as Barbara suggested) is better - (widespread introduction goes too far)
Paul Cohen Greenland Local time: 15:11 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 12
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Asker: Thanks for the suggestion! Please see note added above.
21 hrs confidence:
Explanation: I agree with Steffen that this is about the spread of market/neo-liberal principles but the reference to listed companies makes it clear that we're not just talking about the public sector: not everything in the private sector is necessarily done in strict obeisance to the dictates of the market, and this is about extending the areas where it is.
'Marketisation' rather overloads your sentence with 'market-' given that you've already got 'Marktstrukturen/marktähnlich' etc and may require some rephrasing but I think this would be the best and widely used one-word rendering of the concept.
Kieran McCann United Kingdom Local time: 18:11 Works in field Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 36