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Author Steinmetz, George, 1957- author.

Title Regulating the social : the welfare state and local politics in imperial Germany / George Steinmetz.

Publication Info. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1993]


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Description 1 online resource (xii, 375 pages) : map.
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Series Princeton studies in culture/power/history
Princeton studies in culture/power/history.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-367) and index.
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Summary Why does the welfare state develop so unevenly across countries, regions, and localities? What accounts for the exclusions and disciplinary features of social programs? Why is social spending generous in some places and miserly in others? How are elite and popular conceptions of social reality related to welfare policies? George Steinmetz approaches these and other issues by exploring the complex origins and development of local and national social policies in nineteenth-century Germany. Generally regarded as the birthplace of the modern welfare state, Germany experimented with a wide variety of social programs before 1914, including the national social insurance legislation of the 1880s, the "Elberfeld" system of poor relief, protocorporatist policies, and modern forms of social work. Looking at changes in welfare policy over the course of the nineteenth century, differences between state and municipal interventions, and intercity variations in policy, Steinmetz develops an account that focuses on the specific constraints on local and national policymakers and the different ways of imagining the "social question." Whereas certain aspects of the pre-1914 welfare state reinforced social divisions and even foreshadowed aspects of the Nazi regime, other dimensions actually helped to relieve sickness, poverty, and unemployment. Steinmetz explores the conditions that led to both the positive and the objectionable features of social policy. The explanation draws on statist, Marxist, and social democratic perspectives, theories of gender and culture, and the work of Foucault, Bourdieu, and Tilly.
Contents Book Cover; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS
Local Note EBSCOhost SocINDEX with Full Text
Language English.
Subject Germany -- Social conditions -- 1871-1918.
Germany -- Social policy.
Public welfare -- Germany -- History -- 19th century.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1871-1918.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Human Services.
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Public welfare. (OCoLC)fst01083250
Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01919811
Social policy. (OCoLC)fst01122738
Germany. (OCoLC)fst01210272
Sociale politiek.
Chronological Term 1800-1918
Indexed Term Social conditions Policies Of Government
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Steinmetz, George, 1957- Regulating the social. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1993 0691032408 (DLC) 92044333 (OCoLC)27187046
ISBN 1400813506 (electronic book)
9781400813506 (electronic book)
9781400820962 (electronic book)
1400820960 (electronic book)
0691032408 (alkaline paper)
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