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Wandel von Beschäftigung und Arbeitsbeziehungen im öffentlichen Dienst in Deutschland – zur Erosion einer sozialstaatlichen Vorbildrolle

Briken, Kendra and Gottschall, Karin and Hils, Sylvia and Kittel, Bernhard (2014) Wandel von Beschäftigung und Arbeitsbeziehungen im öffentlichen Dienst in Deutschland – zur Erosion einer sozialstaatlichen Vorbildrolle. Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 60 (2). pp. 123-148. ISSN 0514-2776

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Abstract

Over the past years, the state has increasingly abandoned its role as ‘model employer’ which had emerged in the ‘golden age of the welfare state’. Triggered by efficiency-oriented re-regulation and political decentralization, labour and employment conditions in the Ger-man public sector are increasingly converging towards the private sector. This is accompa-nied by a fragmentation of the employment structure in the public services that goes beyond the traditional segmentation into two status groups. At the same time, the formerly coopera-tive and consensual labour relations are becoming more heterogeneous and conflictual. In this process, the article argues, labour unions and professional associations – as political actors – are changing their political strategies regarding labour and employment relations and try to occupy new territories on the company, political and public level.