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New Risks, New WelfareThe Transformation of the European Welfare State$
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Peter Taylor-Gooby

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199267262

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019926726X.001.0001

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New Social Risks in a Conservative Welfare State: The Case of Germany

New Social Risks in a Conservative Welfare State: The Case of Germany

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New Risks, New Welfare

Andreas Aust

Frank Bönker

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Analyses developments in Germany and emphasises the way in which the context of a corporatist welfare state settlement and a semi‐sovereign state shapes policy making. Reform is slow and depends on compromises between political actors. At the same time, the structure of old social risks policies pre‐empts available resources and creates powerful constituencies which resist change. Greater political party disagreement on welfare issues in the 1990s and the emergence of a reforming Red–Green coalition were important factors in change.

Keywords:   active labour market, agenda 2010, child care, Germany, Hartz Commission, pensions, politics, reform, retrenchment, Schröder, social policy, social risks, unemployment, welfare state, work

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