Answers without Questions? The Changing Contract Culture in Germany and the Future of a Mixed Welfare System
Changes in the relationships between public authorities and service providers express themselves in changing forms and contents of contract making. The contract culture can therefore be understood as a reflection of what is going on in matters of welfare in the social service field, where besides state-public and commercial providers different forms of not-for-profit providing organizations play an important role (Evers, 1997). Even if one deals mostly with not-for-profit organizations as contract partners, as in the following article, there is a broad variety of questions about social welfare services and their provision which can be taken up by thematizing contracts. They cover economic and social, managerial and professional, financial and political aspects of welfare.
KeywordsSocial Service Public Authority Social Initiative Social Assistance Sector Organization
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