The Price of German Unity: Reunification and the Crisis of the Welfare State

Hardcover | June 12, 2011

byGerhard A. RitterTranslated byRichard Deveson

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The unification of Germany as a prelude to the end of the division of Europe and the termination of the Cold War came as a surprise to the whole world. It was the beginning of a new era in German and European history. The Price of German Unity is the first full-scale analysis of this process, both domestically and in its wider international context, with a particular focus on the social-policy consequences. Gerhard A. Ritter uses a wide range of hitherto inaccessible sources to describe and analyse the dynamicsof reunification, including archives from the Chancellor's Office, and the relevant ministries and major parties of both the Federal Republic and the GDR, as well as the private papers of the leading actors on both sides and a wealth of interview material. As the book convincingly demonstrates, the wholesale transfer of the social system of the Federal Republic of Germany to the territory of the former GDR and the huge drain of economic resources from West to East that this involved, profoundly affected the economic and political framework of the newGermany and greatly intensified the latent crisis of the German welfare state.

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The unification of Germany as a prelude to the end of the division of Europe and the termination of the Cold War came as a surprise to the whole world. It was the beginning of a new era in German and European history. The Price of German Unity is the first full-scale analysis of this process, both domestically and in its wider internat...

Gerhard A. Ritter is professor emeritus at the University of Munich and has been visiting professor at Washington University, St Louis, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Oxford, and the University of Tel Aviv. A former chairman of the Association of German Historians, he is the author of numerous books on socia...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:624 pagesPublished:June 12, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionPart I: German unity: the framework1. The political framework2. German unity and social policy: the legal framework3. The German economy and the process of unification4. The social structure and expectations from social policyPart II: The creation of the social union5. The central features of the social union; the legislation and institutions governing social policy in the Federal Republic and the GDR compared6. The social policy of the Modrow government7. The State Treaty on monetary, economic and social union8. The social legislation of the de Maiziere government9. The Unification Treaty10. The social policy actors and the unification processPart III: Changes to the German welfare state after German unification, 1990-199411. The build-up of welfare-state institutions and providers in the new Bundeslander12. The debates on Germany's economic position and on the problems in financial and social policy resulting from German unity13. Social policy and its actors, 1991-1994Concluding reflectionsAppendixNotesSources and bibliographyGlossary of terms and abbreviationsThe principal actors in the process of German unificationIndex