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Democracy, capitalism, and the welfare state : debating social order in postwar West Germany, 1949-1989

Author: Peter C Caldwell
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Democracy, Capitalism, and the Welfare State investigates political thought under the conditions of the postwar welfare state, focusing on the Federal Republic of Germany (1949-1989). The volume argues that the welfare state informed and altered basic questions of democracy and its relationship to capitalism. These questions were especially important for West Germany, given its recent experience with the collapse of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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(OCoLC)1053903305
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter C Caldwell
ISBN: 9780191872198 0191872199 9780192570529 0192570528
OCLC Number: 1078432238
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Contents: Introduction: The Welfare State and DemocracyPart One: Capitalism, Socialism, and a Third Way: The Social Market Economy and the Social Rechtsstaat1: The Social Market Economy: Postwar Social Thought Beyond Capitalism and Communism2: Rights, Citizenship, and Society: The Social RechtsstaatPart Two: Building and Conceptualizing the Postwar Welfare State3: The Semantics of Social Security: The 1957 Pensions Reform and the Sozialstaat4: Conceptualizing the New West German SozialstaatPart Three: The Welfare State as a System5: Modernization and Its Discontents: The Sozialstaat in the Reform Era, 1963-19736: From Solution to Problem: The Welfare State as a SystemConclusion: West German Political Discussion as a Discourse about the Welfare State
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Democracy, Capitalism, and the Welfare State uses West Germany as a case study to understand how capitalism, democracy, and welfare states can fit together, despite their often conflicting  Read more...

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