Division I: The German social model and model of production in transformation

The contributions to Division I describe central structures and relations of the German social model and model of production. Empirically the representation is predominantly based on macro data. It starts with a fundamental chapter about gender and gender regimes. The following chapter "Participatory capitalism. Fordist economic development and transition in Germany 1950-2009" describes socioeconomic development based on essential indicators and findings which – beside their own empiricism – are integrating facts and findings from several other chapters. Another distinct focal point, encompassing two chapters, concerns constellations of change and disparities: the special situation in East Germany on the one hand, further regional disparities on the other. What follows is a chapter concerning the unequal participation in and access to education. Three more chapters follow: Besides topics such as renewable energies ("Socioeconomic dynamics of the energy turnaround" as an example for innovations within the production model) and Germany’s position as compared to other European countries, soeb 2, which is soundly based on report results, develops contrasting scenarios of socioeconomic development. They are grounded on macroeconomic and environmental-economic models INFORGE/PANTA RHEI developed by the Gesellschaft für wirtschaftliche Strukturforschung (GWS) in Osnabrück.