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Between reforms and birth rates: Germany, Japan, and family policy discourse.

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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...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1093/sp/jxr016

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Social Policy & Intervention
Oxford college:
St Cross College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
OSGA
Sub department:
Japanese Studies
Oxford college:
Green Templeton College
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Social politics Journal website
Volume:
18
Issue:
3
Pages:
331-360
Publication date:
2011-01-01
DOI:
EISSN:
1468-2893
ISSN:
1072-4745
Source identifiers:
177249

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