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Business, skills and the welfare state: the political economy of employment-oriented family policies in Britain and Germany

Fleckenstein, Timo and Seeleib-Kaiser, Martin (2011) Business, skills and the welfare state: the political economy of employment-oriented family policies in Britain and Germany. Journal of European Social Policy, 21 (2). pp. 136-149. ISSN 0958-9287

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Abstract

Family policies have been expanded in many OECD countries, whilst developments along other welfare state dimensions have been characterized by retrenchment. Although the contribution of gender analyses of the welfare state to a better understanding of family policies is widely acknowledged, the literature so far has largely failed to provide a comparative account explaining the recent expansions of employment-oriented family policies in countries that were previously categorized as pursuing policies in accordance with the strong male breadwinner model. This article aims to make a contribution to the comparative literature by investigating the socioeconomic conditions and politics of employment-oriented family policy expansions in Britain and Germany since the 1990s. We pay special attention to processes of post-industrialisation and especially changed skill compositions as well as the role of key policy actors, with a special focus on organized business.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://esp.sagepub.com/
Additional Information: © 2011 Sage Publications
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: H - Public Economics > H5 - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies > H53 - Government Expenditures and Welfare Programs
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Collections > Economists Online
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Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2011 11:46
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/32533/

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