German Policy Studies

Periodical covering political issues in Germany.

Articles from Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring

Incoherent Strategies - Fragmented Outcomes: Raising Women's Employment Rate in Germany
1 Introduction Most European citizens who provide care work in private households are women, and hence women's labour supply is necessarily constrained. Consequently, policies focusing on the transition between housework or care and paid employment...
Introduction: European Labour Market Policies after the Lisbon Process-Results and Consequences
On the European level, labour market policies are a politically highly sensitive topic. While the integration process in other policy fields, especially monetary policy, is almost completed, or has made considerable progress, as in the field of education,...
Labour Market Politics through Jurisprudence: The Influence of the Judgements of the European Court of Justice (Viking, Laval, Ruffert, Luxembourg) on Labour Market Policies
1 Introduction At the end of 2007 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) went through several extremely controversial judgements which contained juridical and political explosives. The important decisions on Viking (ECJ, Case C-438/05 Viking (2007)...
Non-Standard Employment in Europe: Its Development and Consequences for the European Employment Strategy
1 Introduction A central objective of the Lisbon Process was full employment defined as an employment rate of at least 70 percent until 2010. Although most of the EU member states moved ahead, the Lisbon process failed to reach this target. Furthermore,...
The European Employment Strategy: Assessing the Status Quo
1 Introduction (1) When it comes to employment-related issues, 2010 was a critical year for Europe in at least two ways. First, following the "Great Recession" of 2009, only few European economies showed early signs of economic recovery, while most...
The Transition from Work to Retirement
1 Introduction Raising the employment rate of older workers and postponing labor market exit has been a recurrent topic in both national and supranational discourse in the European Union. In particular, the EU has adopted a strategy of "active ageing",...
Transition from Unemployment to Work and the Role of Active Labour Market Policies during the Lisbon Strategy Period and the Economic Crisis
1 Introduction This paper analyses how European countries have fared in terms of labour market outcomes during the Lisbon Strategy period, and, particularly, in the first phase of the economic crisis. Is it possible to observe within Europe as a...
What Difference Does It Make? the Outcome Effects of the European Employment Strategy on the Transition from Education to Work
1 Introduction With the Amsterdam Treaty of 1997, employment policy became an important issue on the European level. Taking into account different institutional frameworks and economic conditions in the EU member states, the open method of coordination...