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The politics of ideas in welfare state transformations: Christian democracy and the reform of family policy in Germany

Fleckenstein, Timo (2011) The politics of ideas in welfare state transformations: Christian democracy and the reform of family policy in Germany. Social Politics, 18 (4). pp. 543-571. ISSN 1072-4745

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Abstract

The expansion of employment-centered family policies of the Grand Coalition in Germany came with some surprise, as Christian Democrats have traditionally been strongly committed to the male breadwinner model and corresponding family policies. This article investigates why Christian Democrats (though with some inconsistencies) promoted "social-democratic" family policies guided by the adult worker rather than by the male breadwinner model. Illuminating the politics of recent family policy reforms, the electoral rationale for this modernization of family policy, the role of political entrepreneurship, and intraparty political conflicts over the new policy paradigm are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://sp.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2011 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DD Germany
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
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J4 - Particular Labor Markets > J48 - Public Policy
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2011 13:21
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38421/

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