Eine überraschende Reform?: Politikwissenschaftliche Interpretationen und Erklärungsansätze zu Hartz IV

Ruddat, Claudia
July 2011
Zeitschrift für Sozialreform;2011, Vol. 57 Issue 2, p221
Academic Journal
The persisting resilience of the German welfare state against manifold socioeconomic pressures has been convincingly explained by political science. That is why the so called "Hartz reforms" and especially the Fourth Law for Modern Labour Market Services ("Hartz IV") present a real explanatory dilemma. This review essay systematizes and discusses the existing literature related to the "Hartz IV" legislation. At first it summarizes research pointing to the path-departing quality of the reform. In the second part of the paper the literature focusing on political explanations of the reform is scrutinized. The review essay concludes with desiderata for further research.


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