Redesigning the Welfare State

Redesigning the Welfare State

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Redesigning the Welfare State argues that the current high level of unemployment in Germany not only creates a major challenge for the German welfare state, but is to a good extent caused by the way the country's welfare system is designed. The authors review the public debate on labour market reforms, which has been ongoing since 2002, and discuss the first set of reforms that have been enacted since then. As the reforms carried out so far fall short of what is actually needed to increase employment and economic growth in the Eurozone's largest economy, the authors introduce a proposal for a more fundamental redesign of the German welfare state. With comparative discussions of important elements of recent labour market reforms in the US, the UK and the rest of Europe, this book will appeal to all labour market researchers, and to those with an interest in applied work and policy advising in Germany. It will also appeal to decision makers and experts at international organisations and think tanks with a specialisation on Europe and Germany.In the case of Germany, the major problem of social policy arises from the fact that it causes a good part of the ... in long-term unemployment, * were mainly designed as wage replacement schemes, granting benefits when someone had lost his or her job. The same is still true for the new type of unemployment benefit that has replaced the two older schemes starting from 2005. ... Help should go to those who want to help themselves through their own efforts in accord with their abilities.

Title:Redesigning the Welfare State
Author:Hans-Werner Sinn
Publisher:Edward Elgar Publishing - 2006-01-01


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