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The Development of All-Day Schooling in Germany: How was it possible in this Conservative Welfare State?

GPS, Vol. 6 No. 3, (2010)

The German school system has been changed considerably during the past years. Traditional half-day schooling was supplemented nationwide by full-time alternatives. The establishment of all-day schooling modifies the Ger-man welfare state in a double model which has—according to Esping-Andersen—been rated a conservative type: Firstly, the traditionally sepa-rated relation between education and social policy is getting closer. Second-ly, the welfare state‟s support of the traditional family model is supple-mented by the perspective of reconciliation of family and working life. This article shows how this change from traditional half-day schooling to the development of all-day schools in Germany was possible.

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