German Policy Studies

Periodical covering political issues in Germany.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring

Activating Labor Market and Social Policies in Germany: From Status Protection to Basic Income Support
1 Introduction Although Germany has a long-standing reputation as a passive welfare state with elaborate schemes of status-protecting income replacement through social insurance in case of unemployment and a full-blown system of active labor market...
Farewell to the Family as We Know It: Family Policy Change in Germany
1 Introduction German unification merged two contrasting family models: the East German dual-worker model and the West German male breadwinner model. While socialist East Germany expected both mothers and fathers to work full-time, West German social...
German Pension Policies: The Transformation of a Defined Benefit System into ... What?
1 Changes in the Retirement Age Changes in the retirement age add up to very important changes concerning, on the one hand, the raising of the mandatory retirement age and, on the other hand, important reductions in pensions because of early retirement....
Health Care Reform in Germany
1 Introduction The German health care system is undergoing a process of fundamental change affecting both its care structures and its financial and regulatory mechanisms. This transformation is an expression of a paradigm change in health policy...
Implications of the Activation Paradigm on Poverty and Social Exclusion in Germany: Facts, Hypotheses, Uncertainties
1 The discourse about poverty in Germany For a long time, poverty was a matter of material resources. Of course, living in poverty means struggling to meet basic needs and is closely related to lack of money and an inability into guarantee basic...
Introduction: Farewell to Bismarck or Moving Forward Back to Bismarck? Transformations of the German Welfare State
1. General perspectives of this issue A couple of years ago, drawing on recent pension reforms, we described the German welfare state as being in a state of transition towards an "uncertain something else" (Lamping and Rub 2004). We argued that...
Towards Institutional Gridlock? the Limitations of Germany's Consensus Democracy
1 Introduction: The unified Germany--a prisoner of the consensus democracy This article examines the weaknesses of Germany's domestic polity on the basis of the domestic political developments following the 2005 general election. It argues that...