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Liberalization by Exhaustion: Transformative Change in the German Welfare and Vocational Training System

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In this article we adopt a power distributional approach in analyzing institutional change in the German welfare and vocational training system. We identify significant transformative change. The article shows that the very nature of present change in these two core institutions of the German Model is a process of liberalization, shifting the division of labor between the state and the market in the provision of welfare and training and reducing the state's and employers' ability and willingness to support solidarity. We demonstrate that the main mechanism which triggers this process of liberalization is the exhaustion of traditional institutions. Exhaustion is defined as a mechanism of endogenous institutional change, comprising a negative feedback effect which is caused by the overextension of resources and accompanied by a transformation of the formerly symmetrical and consensual relationship between the state, employers, and unions into an asymmetrical and conflictual one. The article combines the method of process tracing with Mill's method of agreement and adopts in the analysis of institutional change a strictly empirically based perspective.

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Busemeyer, Marius. and Trampusch, Christine. "Liberalization by Exhaustion: Transformative Change in the German Welfare and Vocational Training System" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399756_index.html>

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Busemeyer, M. and Trampusch, C. "Liberalization by Exhaustion: Transformative Change in the German Welfare and Vocational Training System" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399756_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: In this article we adopt a power distributional approach in analyzing institutional change in the German welfare and vocational training system. We identify significant transformative change. The article shows that the very nature of present change in these two core institutions of the German Model is a process of liberalization, shifting the division of labor between the state and the market in the provision of welfare and training and reducing the state's and employers' ability and willingness to support solidarity. We demonstrate that the main mechanism which triggers this process of liberalization is the exhaustion of traditional institutions. Exhaustion is defined as a mechanism of endogenous institutional change, comprising a negative feedback effect which is caused by the overextension of resources and accompanied by a transformation of the formerly symmetrical and consensual relationship between the state, employers, and unions into an asymmetrical and conflictual one. The article combines the method of process tracing with Mill's method of agreement and adopts in the analysis of institutional change a strictly empirically based perspective.


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