How do Social Policies Affect Fertility Rates? A Case Study of Germany and Sweden Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
  • Lenart, Brittany
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • The decline in fertility rates has the possibility to affect the entire world in a negative way, but especially Europe. One of the areas in which countries seek to change the trend is in the development and use of family and work reconciliation policies. Specifically, this thesis will analyze German and Swedish policies starting from 1960 to present day. The purpose of this is to track the changes in policies over time and how those changes influence the fertility rate. Patterns in government are then used to show shifts within each country and how those shifts produce policies that are unusual for either welfare state.
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  • Stephens, John
  • Marks, Gary
  • Hooghe, Liesbet
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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