Welfare Beyond the Welfare State

The Employment Relationship in Britain and Germany

Authors: Behling, Felix

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  • Utilises a comparative approach, taking the current situation in Germany and the UK as two key cases in comparative political economy
  • Proposes that the study of employment based welfare is placed at the core of analyses of welfare societies
  • Demonstrates the roles employee welfare can play for companies and workers, and how it has changed throughout modern history
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This book examines employee welfare in British and German companies from the 19th century through to the present day. Tracing the history of employee welfare, this comparative study reveals new issues beyond the dominant focus on the welfare state, showing that companies are an integral part of welfare systems with surprisingly few differences between the UK and Germany. Maintaining that employee welfare is a key feature of the modern employment relationship, Behling shows how the welfare programme supported industrialisation in the 19th century by cementing the standard employment model of the Fifties and Sixties, as well as how it revolves around corporate social responsibility today. The result is an innovative exploration into the changing nature of employment relationships, contemporary welfare systems, and the co-evolutionary - rather than categorical - development of economic and political institutions. An engaging  and well-researched text, this book will hold special appeal to scholars of social policy, welfare politics, as well as anyone interested in the role of the state in people’s working lives.

About the authors

Felix Behling is a senior researcher at the Sociological Research Institute Göttingen (SOFI), Germany. He is co-editor of The Changing Worlds and Workplaces of Capitalism (Palgrave, 2015).

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“What makes this book unique in comparison to other books on the welfare topic is that it takes the employment relationship as the base and employers, especially the founders of the business, as the main actors, rather than, as found in traditional works, identifying the ‘state as the main actor alongside a few other institutional organisations’ … .” (Abhishek, European Journal of Social Security, Vol. 22 (1), 2020)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Welfare Beyond the Welfare State. The Employment Relationship in Germany and the UK

    Pages 1-29

    Behling, Felix

  • A Blueprint for Mass-Employment in the Period of Industrialisation

    Pages 31-61

    Behling, Felix

  • Building the Welfare State in the Nineteenth Century

    Pages 63-84

    Behling, Felix

  • Employee Welfare in the Shadow of the Post-war Welfare State

    Pages 85-115

    Behling, Felix

  • The Heyday of Welfare States—A Window of Opportunity

    Pages 117-143

    Behling, Felix

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Hardcover $159.99
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Softcover $109.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Welfare Beyond the Welfare State
Book Subtitle
The Employment Relationship in Britain and Germany
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-65223-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-65223-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-65222-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87978-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 295
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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