Social Services in the Welfare State: A Comparison of Great Britain, France, and Germany

Research question/goal: 

The project studies the historical development and present structure of social services in France, England and Germany with a focus on the major reforms since the 1970s and their consequences for the relationships between the state, voluntary welfare organizations and local communities. Main dimensions for international comparison are the degree of centralization and decentralization, the role of the third sector and the institutional structure of the welfare state.

Fact sheet

Universität Mannheim
1999 to 2004
Data Sources: 
secondary analysis
Geographic Space: 
France, England, Germany



Bahle, Thomas (2007): Wege zum Dienstleistungsstaat: Deutschland, Frankreich und Großbritannien im Vergleich. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. more