Rise and Fall of a Socialist Welfare State

Rise and Fall of a Socialist Welfare State

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Schmidt Manfred G.
Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
EAN: 9783642225277
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This book provides a comprehensive analysis of social policy in the German Democratic Republic (GDR, 1949-1990), followed by an analysis of the “Social Union”, the transformation of social policy in the process of German unification in 1990. Schmidt’s analysis of the GDR also depicts commonalities and differences between the welfare state in East and West Germany as well as in other East European and Western countries. He concludes that the GDR was unable to cope with the trade-off between ambitious social policy goals and a deteriorating economic performance. Ritter embeds his analysis of the Social Union in a general study of German unification, its international circumstances and its domestic repercussions (1989-1994). He argues that social policy played a pivotal role in German unification, and that there was no alternative to extending the West German welfare state to the East. Ritter, a distinguished historian, bases his contribution on an award-winning study for which he drew on archival sources and interviews with key actors. Schmidt is a distinguished political scientist.
EAN 9783642225277
ISBN 3642225276
Binding Hardback
Publisher Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Publication date November 15, 2012
Pages 308
Language English
Dimensions 235 x 155
Country Germany
Readership Professional & Scholarly
Authors Ritter Gerhard A.; Schmidt Manfred G.
Illustrations XVI, 308 p.
Edition 2012
Series German Social Policy