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TYSK KOVÄNDNING: Efter åratal av stiltje i den tyska familjepolitiken harplötsligt reformvindar blåst upp.
Stockholm University. Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesisAlternative title
German turnabout : After years of calm in the area of German family policy there aresuddenly winds of change blowing (English)
Abstract [en]

Since the mid 60’s, Germany has seen dropping fertility rates and yet next to nothinghas been done to combat this trend until the current regime led by Angela Merkel andher minister of family affairs, Ursula von der Leyen initiated a number ofcomprehensive reforms of Germany’s family policies.Family policy in Germany is being reformed in three ways. First of all parents arenow eligible to receive substantial financial support in order to compensate the loss ofincome associated with a pregnancy and or parental leave. Second, the all but nonexistentpublic child care services are being vastly expanded with the goal of beingable to offer child care service for every child age 0-3. Thirdly the tradition of schoolsending classes midday is being reformed with the aim of letting kids stay in schoolmuch longer thus enabling parents to work full-time as opposed to part-time in orderto be able to take care of kids returning from school.The hopes for these ambitious reforms are tremendous. Germany hopes to improve itslow fertility as well as free up labour force potential that has previously been hinderedto participate in the labour market by child rearing efforts. Thus far Germany’s effortsare seemingly successful and promises great change for the future.

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Germany, family policy, reform, childcare services, parental benefits.
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Sociology Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28841OAI: diva2:226949

Available from: 2009-07-08 Created: 2009-07-08 Last updated: 2009-07-08Bibliographically approved

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