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Converging Worlds of Welfare?: British and German Social Policy in the 21st Century

Jochen Clasen


The book compares attitudes towards public and private welfare as well as developments in three social policy domains in the United Kingdom and Germany since the 1990s. Focusing on aspects such as fairness and social justice, it investigates to what extent perceptions towards the welfare state and collective forms of solidarity have changed in the context of profound social and economic change. Reviewing developments in family, pensions, and labour market policies, and taking account of both public provision as well as the role of companies, it asks whether the two countries have become more s ... More

Keywords: welfare capitalism, Germany, the United Kingdom, family policy, pension policy, occupational welfare, policy convergence

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199584499
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584499.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jochen Clasen, editor
Professor of Comparative Social Policy, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
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1 Introduction

Jochen Clasen

Part I Welfare Values

2 Differing notions of social welfare? Britain and Germany compared

Christoph Burkhardt, Rose Martin, Steffen Mau, and Peter Taylor-Gooby

Part II Welfare Policies

6 Increasing returns: the new economy of family policy in Britain and Germany

Ann-Kathrin Jüttner, Sigrid Leitner, and Anneli Rüling

Part II Welfare Policies

Part II Welfare Policies

14 Conclusion: parallel paths, great similarities, remaining differences

Jochen Clasen, Steffen Mau, Traute Meyer, and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

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