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The Dual Transformation of the German Welfare State : New Perspectives in German Political Studies - Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

The Dual Transformation of the German Welfare State

New Perspectives in German Political Studies

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9781403917843
Number Of Pages: 192

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This book breaks new intellectual ground in the analysis of the German welfare state. Peter Bleses and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser argue that we are witnessing a dual transformation of the welfare state, which is caused by the emergence of new dominating interpretative patterns. Increasingly, the state reduces its social policy commitments towards securing the achieved living standard of former wage earners, which in the past had been the key normative principle of social policy in Germany, while at the same time public support and services for families are expanded.

List of Tablesp. vii
List of Figuresp. viii
Prefacep. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
The Policy Dimension
Evaluating Policy Change: Some Theoretical and Methodological Remarksp. 9
Historical, Normative and Institutional Foundations of the German Welfare State in the Golden Post-World War II Erap. 14
Historical backgroundp. 14
Norms and institutionsp. 17
Summarising the social policy conceptp. 27
Socio-economic Developments since the Mid-1970sp. 29
Economic discontinuities and the (preliminary) end of full employmentp. 29
The standard employment relationship on the retreatp. 33
The end of the strong male breadwinner model?p. 36
The Changing Normative and Institutional Design of Social Policyp. 40
A quantitative perspectivep. 41
A qualitative perspectivep. 47
The dual transformation of the German welfare statep. 89
The Political Dimension
Theories Explaining Welfare State Changep. 97
Political and institutional explanationsp. 97
Socio-economic explanationsp. 104
Evaluating the political, institutional and socio-economic explanationsp. 109
A constructivist approachp. 110
Changing Interpretative Patternsp. 114
Globalisation limits social policyp. 116
Markets, personal responsibility and the welfare statep. 117
The labour market policy discoursep. 119
The pension system within the political discoursep. 127
Debates on family policyp. 134
New interpretative patterns guiding social policy reformsp. 140
Can Germany still be Considered a Conservative Welfare State?p. 145
Reforming the welfare state - summary of the main policy changesp. 146
Explaining welfare state changep. 150
The German welfare state from a comparative perspectivep. 151
Notesp. 155
Bibliographyp. 168
Indexp. 187
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ISBN: 9781403917843
ISBN-10: 1403917841
Series: New Perspectives in German Political Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1