The Politics of German Child Welfare from the Empire to the Federal Republic

The Politics of German Child Welfare from the Empire to the Federal Republic

by Edward Dickinson
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The Politics of German Child Welfare from the Empire to the Federal Republic

The model of the development of child welfare policy presented here illuminates the complexity of the struggles from which modern social policy emerged, and accounts for the ways in which similar policies could be adapted to changing political systems--monarchical, republican, or fascist. Following a period of policy innovation, rapid institutional expansion, and intensifying ideological conflict before the First World War, Dickinson shows, the period from 1918 to 1961 saw a succession of efforts to reconcile competing policy agendas within different political contexts: the corporatist-democratic compromise worked out in the early years of the Weimar Republic, which broke down in the economic and political crisis at the end of the 1920s; the disastrous Nazi synthesis of authoritarianism and racism; and a revitalized corporatist-democratic framework, stabilized on the basis of the antitotalitarian consensus and of psychotherapeutic theory and practice, after 1949.

Historians of modern Germany and of the welfare state will find this a challenging and illuminating approach to important theoretical and historical questions.

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ISBN-13: 9780674688629
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/28/1996
Series: Harvard Historical Studies Series , #121
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.37(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents




Introduction: Society, Politics, and Modern Social Policy

1. The Inception of Modern Child Welfare Policy, 1840-1895

2. Competing Reform Conceptions in the 1890s

3. Expansion and Consolidation, 1900-1914

4. The Struggle over Child Welfare Policy, 1910-1914

5. Child Welfare Policy in the Great War, 1914-1918

6. Revolution and the National Child Welfare Act, 1918-1924

7. Child Welfare, Bureaucracy, and "Cultural War," 1924-1929

8. The Great Depression and National Socialism, 1930-1945

9. Child Welfare Policy in the Federal Republic, 1945-1961

Conclusion: Democracy, Fascism, and Social Policy



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