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The Europeanisation of social protection$
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Jon Kvist and Juho Saari

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420206

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420206.001.0001

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Germany: moving towards Europe but putting national autonomy first

Germany: moving towards Europe but putting national autonomy first

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(p.21) Two Germany: moving towards Europe but putting national autonomy first
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The Europeanisation of social protection
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Milena Büchs

Karl Hinrichs

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420206.003.0002

This chapter explores the relationship between the ‘European’ and the German models of social policy. It analyses the direction of social policy reform in Germany since the 1990s. The chapter also examines the official responses to several EU initiatives. The chapter shows the difference between the European ‘third way’ social model as promoted by scholars such as Giddens and Esping-Andersen, and the German approach to a social market economy. While in general Germany welcomes an EU role in social policy and has already moved to some degree to the EU's ‘third way’ model, politicians in Germany are not generally prepared to accept the complete shift and are reluctant to further extend EU competencies in social policy.

Keywords:   social policy, social policy reform, Germany, third way, EU competencies

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