Jochen Clasen

in Converging Worlds of Welfare?

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584499
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728792 | DOI:

Series: Creating Sustainable Growth In Europe


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The chapter introduces the aims and scope of the book. It presents Germany and the UK conventionally portrayed as contrasting models of modern welfare states. However, similar challenges, such as demographic ageing, social and labour market changes, as well as intensified economic internationalization have posed questions about the sustainability of both, and particularly of the German ‘model’ of welfare capitalism. The chapter provides a brief overview of the two parts of the chapters of the book, three of which investigate attitudes and perceptions towards welfare provision and solidarity, followed by discussions of changes in the fields of family, pension, and employment policy, reflecting on both statutory and occupational welfare.

Keywords: policy convergence; German and British models of social policy; aims and structure of the book

Chapter.  4601 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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