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Welfare Beyond the Welfare State


Welfare Beyond the Welfare State

The Employment Relationship in Britain and Germany

von: Felix Behling

107,09 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 12.01.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9783319652238
Sprache: englisch

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This book examines employee welfare in British and German companies from the 19th century through to the present day. Tracing the history of employee welfare, this comparative study reveals new issues beyond the dominant focus on the welfare state, showing that companies are an integral part of welfare systems with surprisingly few differences between the UK and Germany. Maintaining that employee welfare is a key feature of the modern employment relationship, Behling shows how the welfare programme supported industrialisation in the 19th century by cementing the standard employment model of the Fifties and Sixties, as well as how it revolves around corporate social responsibility today. The result is an innovative exploration into the changing nature of employment relationships, contemporary welfare systems, and the co-evolutionary - rather than categorical - development of economic and political institutions. An engaging  and well-researched text, this book will hold special appeal to scholars of social policy, welfare politics, as well as anyone interested in the role of the state in people’s working lives.
Chapter 1.Welfare Beyond the Welfare State. The Employment Relationship in Germany and the UK. Chapter 2. A Blueprint for Mass-employment in the Period of IndustrializationChapter 3. Building the Welfare State in the Nineteenth CenturyChapter 4. Employee Welfare in the Shadows of the Post-war Welfare StateChapter 5. The Heyday of Welfare States in the Post-Second World War PeriodChapter 6. Socially (Ir)responsible Companies in the Twenty-first CenturyChapter 7. The Welfare State and Post-industrial Labour MarketsChapter 8. A Long Way Ahead to a Long Way Ahead : Employee Welfare and WomenChapter 9. Trade Unions and the Challenge of Employee WelfareChapter 10. Conclusion
Felix Behling is a senior researcher at the Sociological Research Institute Göttingen (SOFI), Germany. He is co-editor of The Changing Worlds and Workplaces of Capitalism (Palgrave, 2015).
This book examines employee welfare in British and German companies from the 19th century through to the present day. Tracing the history of employee welfare, this comparative study reveals new issues beyond the dominant focus on the welfare state, showing that companies are an integral part of welfare systems with surprisingly few differences between the UK and Germany. Maintaining that employee welfare is a key feature of the modern employment relationship, Behling shows how the welfare programme supported industrialisation in the 19th century by cementing the standard employment model of the Fifties and Sixties, as well as how it revolves around corporate social responsibility today. The result is an innovative exploration into the changing nature of employment relationships, contemporary welfare systems, and the co-evolutionary - rather than categorical - development of economic and political institutions. An engaging  and well-researched text, this book will hold special appeal to scholars of social policy, welfare politics, as well as anyone interested in the role of the state in people’s working lives.
Utilises a comparative approach, taking the current situation in Germany and the UK as two key cases in comparative political economy Proposes that the study of employment based welfare is placed at the core of analyses of welfare societies  Demonstrates the roles employee welfare can play for companies and workers, and how it has changed throughout modern history 
Utilises a comparative approach, taking the current situation in Germany and the UK as two key cases in comparative political economy Proposes that the study of employment based welfare is placed at the core of analyses of welfare societies  Demonstrates the roles employee welfare can play for companies and workers, and how it has changed throughout modern history 

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