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Reforming European Welfare StatesGermany and the United Kingdom Compared$
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Jochen Clasen

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270712

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199270716.001.0001

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Motives, means, and opportunities: analytical perspectives

Motives, means, and opportunities: analytical perspectives

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Reforming European Welfare States

Jochen Clasen (Contributor Webpage)

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The chapter introduces the book conceptualisation of s framework for the causal analysis of welfare state reform. It introduces relevant actors and their interests in the two welfare states, institutional structures, as well as changing socio-economic contexts within which actors have operated since the late 1970s. Three sets of different institutional contexts are discussed: formal policy making structures, programme-specific features of unemployment and pension and family policy, and institutional complementarities linking social protection programmes to national political economy structures. The chapter concludes with a historical account of socio-economic trends in the two countries, covering about 25 years.

Keywords:   UK, Germany, social policy change, institutional structures, historical institutionalism, social insurance, political economy, German unification

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