Workshop 6

The German model compared internationally

What significance does the comparative analysis of socioeconomic indicators for different countries have for German social reporting?

In its second report the Research Association Socioeconomic Reporting intends to discuss the social transformation in Germany by placing it in an international context. Where does one have to locate this ‘Germany-transformation’ within the increasing variety of socioeconomic models in the European Union? The research association does not combine its comparative study of selected report topics with any ‘benchmarking’ perspective. With this comparative look at other countries the researchers rather hope for an increased understanding of the peculiarities and development chances of Germany’s social and production model.

In a first step Germany will be compared to the other European countries in the EU by way of macro data available in harmonised time series.

A cluster analysis is supposed to help distinguish typical groups of countries. The dataset to be produced for this analysis is to contain important indicators which are used in comparative political economy, in comparative welfare research and in the analyses of different gender regimes. On the soeb-workshop’s first day, this dataset will be presented in order to discuss the possibilities it offers for analysis.

In a further step we intend to apply our comparative approach – with only a few countries involved – to some selected policy areas. Here, the joint research team concentrates on a comparative observation of patterns of participation in the labour market and the way care work (child care, nursing) is organised in family and the welfare state. These will be the two topics of our workshop’s second part.

(Peter Bartelheimer) December 3rd/4th, 2007, Göttingen

Results (German)
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