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Economic reform and the political economy of the German welfare state

Wirtschaftsreform und politische Ökonomie des deutschen Wohlfahrtsstaats
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Streeck, Wolfgang; Trampusch, Christine

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Abstract "The central problem of the German economy is the high costs of labour, driven up by the burden of funding an extensive welfare state through social insurance contributions that operate as payroll taxes on employment. The study identifies the political causes of the long-term rise in non-wage labour costs. It analyses the reforms of the last decade, showing how the multiplicity of veto points in the German political economy has weakened reform initiatives and reduced the prospect for effective reform in the foreseeable future." (author's abstract)
Keywords economic reform; political economy; welfare state; Federal Republic of Germany; social welfare state; non-wage labor costs; reform
Classification Political Process, Elections, Political Sociology, Political Culture; Political Economy; Social Security
Method applied research; descriptive study
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 174-195
Journal German Politics, 14 (2005) 2
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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