German Social Policy

Variations of the Welfare State

Great Britain, Sweden, France and Germany Between Capitalism and Socialism

Authors: Kaufmann, Franz-Xaver

  • A theory-led study of social policy in six major countries
  • Combines sociology and history of the welfare state
  • An innovative (socio-cultural) approach to comparative welfare state research
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In the burgeoning literature on welfare regimes and typologies, this comparative study offers a stimulating new perspective. Kaufmann, the doyen of the sociology of social policy in Germany, emphasizes norms, culture and history, in contrast to political economy approaches. Comparing Britain, Sweden, France and Germany, Kaufmann highlights the „idiosyncrasy” of each welfare state: countries are compared with regard to their state traditions and the relationship between state and civil society; their national “social questions”; their economic systems, including the unions and labour law; social security and redistribution; and their personal social services and education. The socio-cultural approach enables Kaufmann to show that not all modern states are welfare states. Some are just „capitalism“ (the USA), others are „socialism“ (the former Soviet Union). In this light, the (essentially North-West European) welfare state is portrayed as a third way between capitalism and socialism.

About the authors

Franz-Xaver Kaufmann is Professor emeritus for Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. He studied law, economics and sociology in Zurich, St. Gall and Paris. He is the doyen of the sociology of social policy in Germany and has been awarded honorary doctorates and prizes, including the Preller Prize for Social Policy and the Schader Prize for Applied Social Science.

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 (2 chapters)

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

    Leisering, Lutz

    Pages 1-22

  • Variations of the Welfare State: Great Britain, Sweden, France and Germany between Capitalism and Socialism

    Kaufmann, Franz-Xaver

    Pages 23-239

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Variations of the Welfare State
Book Subtitle
Great Britain, Sweden, France and Germany Between Capitalism and Socialism
Authors
Series Title
German Social Policy
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-22549-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-22549-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-22548-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44715-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 250
Additional Information
Translated from the German. Originally published as: "Geschichte der Sozialpolitik in Deutschland seit 1945" by Nomos Publishers, 2001.
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