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States of Education: Reflections on the Relationship between Welfare State and Education in Finland and the Federal Republic of Germany
Gardin, Matias mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Languages, Culture, Media and Identities (LCMI) >]
King's College London, ​London, ​​United Kingdom
PhD in European studies
Clarkson, Alexander
Nikolai, Rita
Spohr, Kristina
[en] welfare state ; education ; Cold War
[en] This PhD thesis examines the impact of political ideologies on the welfare state developments of the Republic of Finland and Federal Republic of Germany. It explores the issue by asking whether different ideas of ruling parties mattered in these developments or were there other factors, such as the level of economic strength, which became more influential in explaining cross-national welfare variations. Whereas mainstream analysts of comparative social policy since the early 1990s have taken for granted that politics mattered in the immediate post-war era reflecting the more pronounced left-right, catholic-protestant and other historical cleavages, this research moves beyond the oversimplified traditional welfare regime typologies and instead considers how welfare systems became intertwined with other more control-focused aspects of state development: in effect, whether and how they became instruments of discipline through educating citizens. Drawing on the Foucauldian idea of power of normalisation – and using educational expansion of the 1960s as a case study – it is suggested that there are aspects of the development of Finnish and West German policing which had a direct bearing on the emergence of the welfare state.
Finnish Cultural Foundation
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