Poverty Trends in Germany and Great Britain

The Impact of Changes in Labour Markets, Families, and Social Policy

  • Jan Brülle

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 283-319

About this book


Jan Brülle shows how poverty risks in Germany between 1992 and 2012 increased concentrated on those with low educational levels, in lower occupational positions, and with precarious employment careers, as the country’s welfare state failed to adapt to widening inequalities in households’ market incomes. Contrasting the German experience with Great Britain, where social transfers to low-income families in concert with favourable labour market conditions helped to reduce poverty between 1992 and the global financial crisis, he presents the most comprehensive comparative study on poverty trends in these two countries to date. Moving beyond a cross-sectional perspective on poverty, the author analyses why it became not only more frequent in Germany, but also more persistent in individual life-courses, and why faster exits have driven the decline in poverty in Great Britain.

  • Concepts and Explanations of Poverty
  • The Changing Structure of Poverty Risks
  • Labour Market Risks, Households, Social Security
  • The Dynamics of Relative Income Poverty
  • Income Poverty and Material Deprivation
Target Groups
  • Lecturers and students of sociology, social policy, economics
  • Practitioners working in social policy
The Author
Dr. Jan Brülle is a researcher at Goethe-University Frankfurt. His research focuses on the interrelations of labour markets, families and social policy and their impact on poverty and social inequality.


Social Inequality Low-wage work Demographic change Social change Polarisation Welfare state

Authors and affiliations

  • Jan Brülle
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  1. 1.FrankfurtGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer VS, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-20891-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-20892-9
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