Germany's Hidden Crisis: Social Decline in the Heart of Europe

Germany's Hidden Crisis: Social Decline in the Heart of Europe

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Author/Contributor(s): Nachtwey, Oliver ; Fernbach, David ; Balhorn, Loren
Publisher: Verso
Date: 11/27/2018
Binding: Paperback
Condition: NEW
How neoliberalism is causing a crisis in Germany

Upward social mobility represented a core promise of life under the "old" West German welfare state, in which millions of skilled workers upgraded their Volkswagens to Audis, bought their first homes, and sent their children to university. Not so in today's Federal Republic, where the gears of the so-called "elevator society" have long since ground to a halt. In the absence of the social mobility of yesterday, widespread social exhaustion and anxiety have emerged across mainstream society. Oliver Nachtwey analyses the reasons for this social rupture in postwar German society and investigates the conflict potential emerging as a result. He concludes that although the country has managed to muddle through thus far, simmering tensions beneath the surface nevertheless threaten to undermine the German system's stability in the years to come.

Recipient of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation 2016 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis for Economic Writing.