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Discourse, learning and welfare state change: the case of German labour market reforms

Seeleib-Kaiser, Martin and Fleckenstein, Timo (2007) Discourse, learning and welfare state change: the case of German labour market reforms. Social Policy and Administration, 41 (5). pp. 427-448. ISSN 0144-5596

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Abstract

In this article we argue that Germany has significantly changed its approach to labour market policies (LMPs) during the past decade; in many instances Britain has served as a model to learn from. In a first step, we identify the core institutional arrangements of the conservative approach to LMP in Germany and contrast them with the liberal approach, using the UK as an example. Secondly, we trace the development and nature of changes in German LMP since the 1990s. We show that the policy has increasingly incorporated elements of, and to a considerable extent shifted towards, a liberal approach. Thirdly, we review competing theoretical approaches that might explain this turn in LMP and conclude that changed interpretative patterns have been crucial to understand the overall shift. Fourthly, utilizing the policy transfer framework, we show that in regards to the specific policy instruments German policy-makers have learnt from the experiences in the UK.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0144-5596
Additional Information: © 2007 Wiley-Blackwell
Library of Congress subject classification: D History General and Old World > DD Germany
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
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 13:39
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/38422/

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