Reregulating breadwinner models in socially conservative welfare systems: comparing Germany and Japan

Gottfried, Heidi and O'Reilly, Jacqueline (2002) Reregulating breadwinner models in socially conservative welfare systems: comparing Germany and Japan. Social Politics, 9 (1). pp. 29-59. ISSN 1468-2893

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Abstract

Through a paired comparison between Japan and Germany, we suggest that the legacy of the strong male-breadwinner model creates particular pressures on socially conservative welfare states in a period of restructuring. These countries are reregulating gender relations in different ways. We relate differences between Germany and Japan to contrasting state-society relations: specifically the role of the Japanese state in trying to stem both economic and demographic decline on the one hand and the role of the social partners in Germany to stimulate employment growth and reduce unemployment on the other. In addition, we point to the impact of the European Union (EU) on the matters of labor market and equality regulations in our analysis of Germany.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Depositing User: Chris Keene
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2008
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 14:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1420
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