René Erbe's Power In Nazi Germany

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While this action preempted the domination of the DAF by extremist worker organizations, it allowed the less fanatical employers to widen their power. The corporate power structure under the Nazis heavily favored those in management positions over those working the factory floor. As Adam Tooze mentioned, new regulations instituted by the Nazis shifted power away from shareholders and allowed businesses to gouge prices (174). While the loss of powers traditionally guaranteed to shareholders might have driven off some smaller investors, the capital that they would have provided the corporation was more than made up in investments by the state. Based on figures determined by René Erbe, by 1938, roughly 62% of Germany’s total government expenditures

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