Tag Archives: Germany

Tuesday

The German employment miracle

Germany used to have worse unemployment than Britain. Now it has better. Youth unemployment has fallen to 8% – half the level it was in 2005. And this despite the Eurozone crisis. Something happened in Germany. What was it? Elizabeth … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Blog, Unemployment
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Friday

strict rent control leads to’ lower quantity and quality of rental housing’

  From an IEA posting.  A recent OECD report on housing policy finds: ‘An illustrative correlation shows that across countries, stricter rent control tends to be associated with lower quantity and quality of rental housing, as measured by the share of tenants who … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Housing
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Thursday

Over-training – yes, there surely is such a thing

Governments increasingly legislate for more and more qualifications before people are allowed to do jobs. This is always presented as being something which will increase the quality of the work that these people ultimately do. But if has potential damaging … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Overtraining, Waste in public services
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Thursday

Power politics, Germany and the EU

On the overnight train from Amsterdam to Warsaw, I met a Polish man who apparently advises a parliamentary committee in Poland on foreign policy. Naturally we talked a little about the British veto of a EU treaty on fiscal control … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Politics
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Tuesday

“Confused? You will be….”

I am on the road, interviewing people in Holland as part of the research for my new book. Yesterday was confusing. I visited a think tank in the morning and a couple of academics in the afternoon. In both cases … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Healthcare and the NHS
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Friday

The most powerful man in education in the world

I was told that Michael Gove, the British secretary of state for education, said this man was the most important person in education in the world. I think that could be upgraded to ‘the most powerful’. He does not run … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in Education, Work on the new book
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Monday

Esping-Andersen and his three worlds of welfare capitalism

One of the most influential writers on welfare states is Gosta Esping-Andersen. Back in 1989, he wrote a book called The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism in which he categorised welfare states into three kinds.  When I first heard about … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in General, Parenting, Unemployment, Welfare benefits
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Tuesday

The rise and fall(?) of the state

Between 1940 and 1975, government’s share of GDP “doubled in Germany, tripled in the UK, quadrupled in the Netherlands and quintupled in Denmark.” Yet the apparent need for state intervention increased proving “the amazing ability of the welfare state to … Continue reading

Posted by James Bartholomew Indexed in General, Politics, Reform
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