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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
Oxford college:
St Cross College
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Social Policy and Social Work
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Green Templeton College
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Area Studies, School of Interdisciplinary - Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies
Publisher:
Oxford University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Social politics Journal website
Volume:
18
Issue:
3
Pages:
331-360
Publication date:
2011
DOI:
EISSN:
1468-2893
ISSN:
1072-4745
URN:
uuid:674d6c2d-49d2-4097-b1d2-bbe79ba99562
Source identifiers:
177249
Local pid:
pubs:177249

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