How has globalization affected the elderly

Unification and globalization as challenges for the welfare state

Child poverty in East and West Germany pp 13-125 | Cite as

  • Christoph Butterwegge
  • Michael Klundt
  • Matthias Belke-Zeng

Summary

Never before has the social policy of the Federal Republic changed so drastically as after 1989/90. The German-German unification, together with the intensified world market competition, created an area of ​​tension for the welfare state, which is currently still in upheaval. This is based on a structural change not only in industrial and work relationships as well as the traditional gender and generation relationships (individualization), but also in the state and social system of the GDR (transformation process), and indeed the world economy as a whole (globalization). The unification, which is difficult to shape, is by no means the cardinal problem of social policy, as suggested by Gerhard A. Ritter in his book “The Price of German Unity”, but only reinforces the tendency towards an Americanization of the welfare state that exists in this country and almost everywhere . This can be classified as “neoliberal” and in the case of a lack of or weak resistance it can lead to a progressive US-Americanization of the social structure, a pauperization of large parts of the population and a stronger polarization of society into rich and poor, but also to de-democratization.

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© VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften | GWV Fachverlage GmbH 2008

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  • Christoph Butterwegge
  • Michael Klundt
  • Matthias Belke-Zeng

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