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Social Policy Review 29Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2017$
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John Hudson, Catherine Needham, and Elke Heins

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447336211

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447336211.001.0001

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German Angst in a liberalised world of welfare capitalism: the hidden problem with post-conservative welfare policies

German Angst in a liberalised world of welfare capitalism: the hidden problem with post-conservative welfare policies

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(p.127) Seven German Angst in a liberalised world of welfare capitalism: the hidden problem with post-conservative welfare policies
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Social Policy Review 29
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Sigrid Betzelt

Ingo Bode

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447336211.003.0007

This chapter provides an understanding of the emotional states of those experiencing welfare retrenchment. According to a widespread reading, Germany, subsequent to the financial crisis of the late 2000s, has seen a stunning comeback as a social model allowing for both a booming economy and generous welfare provision. However, in the recent past Germany has been facing a social crisis that is poorly understood in both the public debate and major contributions to welfare policy analysis. This crisis refers to the hostile reaction of parts of the population to the massive immigration of refugees starting in 2015, and is indicative of a more deep-seated transformation of Germany's social model — namely its creeping liberalisation. This transformation comes with a hidden problem, that is, emotional states of fear — or a new ‘German Angst’ — engendered by both path-breaking welfare reforms and a ‘de-securitised’ life course.

Keywords:   welfare retrenchment, Germany, social model, welfare provision, welfare policy, immigration, refugees, liberalisation, German angst, welfare reforms

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