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Aging and Social Policy – A German-Japanese Comparison

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2002, ISBN 3-89129-840-4, EUR 45, iudicium Verlag, Munich, 353 p. [Order]

Authors

Lützeler, Ralph
Conrad, Harald

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Aging and Social Policy – A German-Japanese Comparison

Aging and Social Policy – A German-Japanese Comparison

(高齢化と社会保障―日独比較)

Aging and Social Policy – A German-Japanese Comparison

In recent years, Japan and Germany have been facing very similar challenges: aging populations, changing employment structures, long-lasting economic stagnation, and globalization, all of which threaten existing social security arrangements. Both countries are in a number of respects more socially and politically regulated, and in this sense less liberal, than the Anglo-American economies. Nonetheless, during the last couple of years several important social policy reforms have been implemented. A comparison of these reforms may provide valuable insights into the changing character of “conservative” welfare states.

This volume concentrates on two fields of social policy: long-term care insurance and public pensions. These social insurances are at the center of current public debate in both countries because population aging translates immediately into a higher demand for care for the elderly and old age security. The contributions range from demographic and policy implications of aging through detailed analyses on the different reform measures to specific aspects such as bioethical or regional policy considerations. The volume is intended not only for experts specializing in social policy research but also for policy makers as well as the general reader interested in the current debates centering on the “restructuring of the welfare state”.

Content

Hijiya-Kirschnereit, Irmela
Preface
pp. 7-10

Lützeler, Ralph; Conrad, Harald
German and Japanese Social Policy in Comparative Perspective: An Overview
pp. 11-34

Arai, Makoto
The Aging Society and the Social Security System in Japan
pp. 37-50

Kojima, Hiroshi
Population Aging and Living Arrangements of the Elderly in Japan
pp. 51-74

Veith, Karin
The Aging Process in Germany and Implications for a Needs-Oriented Social Policy
pp. 75-88

Talcott, Paul
The Politics of Japan's Long-Term Care Insurance System
pp. 89-122

Naegele, Gerhard; Reichert, Monika
Six Years of Long-Term Care Insurance in Germany: An Overview
pp. 123-139

Knüver, Iris; Merfert, Matthias
Long-Term Care Insurance in Germany: The Role of the Federal States
pp. 139-148

Klie, Thomas
Long-Term Care Insurance in Germany and Japan: A Comparative Comment
pp. 149-156

Campbell, John Creighton
How Policies Differ: Long-Term Care Insurance in Japan and Germany
pp. 157-188

Conrad, Harald
Old Age Security in Japan: The Implications of Recent Public and Occupational Pension Reforms
pp. 189-220

Schmähl, Winfried
Pension Policy in Germany: Major Postwar Reforms and Recent Decisions
pp. 221-250

Rothgang, Heinz
Long-Term Care in Germany: Projections on Public Long-Term Care Insurance Financing
pp. 251-274

Lützeler, Ralph
Demographic and Regional Aspects of Aging and Long-Term Care in Japan
pp. 275-298

Frühstück, Sabine
The Rhetoric of Reform: On the Institutionalization and De-Institutionalization of Old Age
pp. 299-334

Kimura, Rihito
Bioethical Public Policy and the Making of the 1997 Japanese Long-TermCare Insurance Law
pp. 335-350


ABOUT THE AUTHORS
pp. 351-353