Thinking About Social Policy

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November 2012



The book traces the political history of the concept of social policy. "Social policy" originated in Germany in the mid 19th century as a scholarly term that made a career in politics. The term became more prominent only after World War II. Kaufmann, the doyen of the sociology of social policy in Germany, argues that "social policy" responds to the modern disjunction between "state" and "society" diagnosed by the German philosopher Hegel. Hegel's disciple Lorenz von Stein saw social policy as a means to pacify the capitalist class conflict. After World War II, social policy expanded in an unprecedented way, changing its character in the process. Social policy turned from class politics into a policy for the whole population, with new concepts - like "social security", "redistribution" and "quality of life" - and new overarching  formulas, "social market economy" and "social state" (the German version of "welfare state"). Both formulas have remained indeterminate and contested, indicating the inherent openness of the idea of the "social".


Introduction to the English Edition (Lutz Leisering).- Thinking about Social Policy The German Tradition (Franz-Xaver Kaufmann).- Historical and Legal Foundations Social Policy in Germany before 1945 (Michael Stolleis).- The Constitution of the Social - Social Policy in the Federal Republic of Germany (Hans F. Zacher).- A Socialist Workfare State - Social Policy in the German Democratic Republic (Manfred G. Schmidt).- German Unification and Social Policy (Gerhard A. Ritter).-The German Social State in Comparative Perspective (Franz-Xaver Kaufmann)


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.
EAN: 9783642195006
ISBN: 3642195008
Untertitel: The German Tradition. Originaltitel: Geschichte der Sozialpolitik in Deutschland seit 1945, Band 1: Grundlagen der Sozialpolitik. 'German Social Policy'. 3 black & white illustrations, 6 black & white tables. Book. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2012
Seitenanzahl: X
Format: gebunden
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