German Policy Studies

Periodical covering political issues in Germany.

Articles from Vol. 6, No. 3, Fall

Between Instrument Tinkering and Policy Renewal: Reforms of Parental Leave in Germany and Austria (1)
1 Introduction Both Austria and Germany have been marked by the catchy term of being strong male breadwinner countries: They are traditionally characterized by low levels of mothers participating in the labor market, by women's derived rather than...
Introduction: Family Policies in the German-Speaking Countries Reforms and Explanations
1 Family Policy Reforms in the German-Speaking Countries By referring to the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth as "Frauen und das ganze Gedons" (women and all this hullabaloo; Ristau 2005: 21), former chancellor...
Policy Frames and Coalition Dynamics in the Recent Reforms of Swiss Family Policy
1 Introduction When it comes to social policy development, Switzerland has always been a laggard in international comparison. Whereas most other OECD countries have seen rapid growth of the welfare state during the post-war decades of welfare state...
Reconciliation of Work and Family Life in Switzerland
1 Introduction In October 2004, the results from the Babies and Bosses Studies (OECD 2004; Thoenen 2010) were presented in Switzerland. At the press conference, the Federal Councillors Joseph Deiss and Pascal Couchepin stressed the importance of...
Sustainability in German Family Policy and Politics
1 Introduction In the last few years, the term of sustainability is frequently used in the context of family policy in Germany. Emerged in forestry contexts, it originally stands for a lack of natural resources which had been pointed out especially...
The Development of All-Day Schooling in Germany: How Was It Possible in This Conservative Welfare State?
1 Introduction In the recent past, the German school system has been changed considerably: the traditional half-day school--open only until noon--has been supplemented by the alternative of all-day models. This development has strong impacts on...
The Role of Old Ideas in the New German Family Policy Agenda
1 Introduction German family policies have changed surprisingly and profoundly in recent years. Change culminated in 2007, when Federal legislation introduced a 14-months wage replacement benefit for childcare (Elterngeld), thereby replacing the...