German Policy Studies

Periodical covering political issues in Germany.

Articles from Vol. 4, No. 2, Summer

Between Corporatism and Lobbyism German Welfare Associations in Transition
1. Introduction The German welfare state is dependent on the multiple functions and task fulfilment of large welfare associations. Organised welfare did not only impact on the historical development and institutional shape of the welfare state,...
Introduction: Moving Bulky Goods. How New Ideas and Partisan Politics Are Transforming the German Welfare State
The focus of interest surrounding the welfare state has changed gradually but sustainably, given the challenges of economic globalization (Scharpf/Schmidt 2000), the segmented Europeanization of national welfare states (Lamping 2009) and the huge internal...
On the Horns of a Dilemma. the Imperative of a Grand Coalition Is Risky-Especially for the Social Democrats
The grand coalition earns broad approval in the polls. But it is unlikely to find sustainable solutions to the major problems it was formed to tackle. For the coalition partners are under pressure to burnish their escutcheons for the upcoming Bundestag...
On the Way to Social Investment? the Normative Recalibration of the German Welfare State
1. Introduction Comparative welfare state research has frequently characterized the German welfare state as being largely resistant to change. Germany used to be the textbook example for the "path dependency" of conservative-continental welfare...
Reforming the Welfare State in Times of Grey Majorities: The Myth of an Opposition between Younger and Older Voters in Germany
********** This article deals with the electoral dynamics of ageing democracies with a special emphasis on Germany. It is the attempt to uncover a myth and to offer a more balanced perspective on the issue. The majority of all votes are cast by...
Reframing Social Policy: From Conservatism to Liberal Communitarianism
1. Introduction "Ideas are the very stuff of politics. People fight about ideas, fight for them, and fight against them. Political conflict is never simply over material conditions and choices, but over what is legitimate. The passion in politics...