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Seeleib-Kaiser, Martin and Toivonen, Tuukka (2011) 'Between reforms and birth rates: Germany, Japan and family policy discourse.' Social Politics, 18 (3). pp. 331-360.

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This paper examines the development of employment-oriented family policy in Germany and Japan, two countries united by conservative welfare legacies and very low birthrates, through a close analysis of discourse. Why have recent reforms in Germany moved well beyond those in Japan despite remarkably similar “human capital” discourses? The relative strength of interpretative patterns—in this case, discursive patterns that successfully frame family policy reform as an economic imperative—and the role of employers are identified as critical explanatory factors. Further comparative attention is called to the role of the state as a guarantor of new family policy entitlements.

Item Type: Journal Article
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management
ISSN: 10724745
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Date Deposited: 22 May 2015 11:34

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