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

Gottfried, H and O'Reilly, Jacqueline (2002) Reregulating breadwinner models in socially conservative welfare systems: Comparing Germany and Japan Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, 9 (1). pp. 29-59. ISSN 1468-2893

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/sp/9.1.29

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:Journal article
Subjects:N000 Business and Management > N600 Human Resource Management
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1093/sp/9.1.29
Faculties:Brighton Business School
ID Code:5331
Deposited By:business editor
Deposited On:06 Jan 2009
Last Modified:18 Jun 2010 12:36

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