German Social Policy

The Rise and Fall of a Socialist Welfare State

The German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) and German Unification (1989-1994)

Authors: Schmidt, Manfred G., Ritter, Gerhard A.

  • Original studies of social policy in the German Democratic Republic and of the pivotal role of social policy in the process of German unification in 1990
  • Includes an award winning study of German unification and its repercussions (1989-1994)
  • Broadly based on archival sources and interviews with key actors
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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.

About the authors

Manfred G. Schmidt is Professor for Political Science at the University of Heidelberg. He has widely published on European and international politics. He was awarded the Stein Rokkan Prize for International Comparative Research and the Leibniz Prize.

Gerhard A. Ritter is Professor emeritus for Social History at the University of Munich. He studied history and political science in Berlin and Oxford. He has been awarded honorary doctorates and prizes for his studies in German and comparative history.

Lutz Leisering, the Editor, is Professor for Social Policy and Director at the Institute for World Society studies, University of Bielefeld. He took his Ph.D. at the London School of Economics. He has published widely on European and global social policy.

Table of contents (3 chapters)

  • Nation State and Social Policy: An Ideational and Political History

    Leisering, Lutz

    Pages 1-22

  • Social Policy in the German Democratic Republic

    Schmidt, Manfred G.

    Pages 23-166

  • The Politics of German Unification. Social, Economic, Financial, Constitutional and International Issues

    Ritter, Gerhard A.

    Pages 167-287

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  • ISBN 978-3-642-44703-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Rise and Fall of a Socialist Welfare State
Book Subtitle
The German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) and German Unification (1989-1994)
Authors
Series Title
German Social Policy
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-22528-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-22528-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-22527-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44703-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 308
Additional Information
Translated from the German. Originally published as: "Geschichte der Sozialpolitik in Deutschland seit 1945" by Nomos Publishers, 2001.
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