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Restructuring welfare for the unemployed: the Hartz legislation in Germany

Fleckenstein, Timo (2008) Restructuring welfare for the unemployed: the Hartz legislation in Germany. Journal of European Social Policy, 18 (2). pp. 177-188. ISSN 0958-9287

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0958928707087593


The 'Hartz legislation' of 2003/04, which restructured the benefit and administrative system for the long-term unemployed in Germany, is commonly ascribed to the recommendations made by the Hartz Commission and the political leadership of Chancellor Schröder. These aspects have been crucial politically in policy making, but are insufficient to fully explain this legislation. Here it is argued that the Hartz Commission was largely insignificant in Policy formulation instead learning prior to the Commission located in an expert forum by the Bertelsmann Foundation as well as a Ministry of Labour project group explains the direction and content of this reform. The case of the Hartz legislation, whereby the 'frozen welfare state' of Germany critically departed from its conservative path, provides strong support for the significance of learning in major social policy reforms.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2008 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DD Germany
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2011 11:35
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2021 04:12

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