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Angelika von Wahl

For decades conservative welfare states have reformed reluctantly. To understand recent family policy reforms in Germany we must add institutions and economics to any account of politics. This article focuses on the grand coalition of CDU/CSU and SPD formed after the 2005 Bundestag election. Two opposed assumptions pertain to grand coalitions: one holds that a coalition of parties with different ideologies will act according to the lowest common denominator resulting in policy inertia. The opposite holds that grand coalitions enable policy change because constraints are removed by the supermajority. This article develops five conditions for successful reform, arguing that traditional family policies directed at the protection of motherhood are shifting towards reconciliation policies that emphasize labor market activation and increased birth rates. The shift indicates 1) that even conservative states have the potential for bounded reform; and, 2) that agency—particularly partisan and coalitional interests—needs to be considered more seriously.

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Myra Marx Ferree, Jeffrey Luppes, Randall Newnham, David Freis, David N. Coury, Carol Hager and Angelika von Wahl

Charity Scribner, After the Red Army Faction: Gender, Culture and Militancy (New York: Columbia University Press, 2015) Reviewed by Myra Marx Ferree

Despina Stratigakos, Hitler at Home (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015) Reviewed by Jeffrey Luppes

Carolin Hilpert, Strategic Cultural Change and the Challenge for Security Policy: Germany and the Bundeswehr’s Deployment to Afghanistan (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) Reviewed by Randall Newnham

Klaus Weinhauer, Anthony McElligott, and Kirsten Heinsohn, ed., Germany 1916–1923: A Revolution in Context (Bielefeld: transcript, 2016) Reviewed by David Freis

Esra Özyürek, Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion, and Conversion in the New Europe (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016) Reviewed by David N. Coury

Amy Austin Holmes, Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014) Reviewed by Carol Hager

Clayton J. Whisnant, Queer Identities and Politics in Germany: A History 1880-1945 (New York: Harrington Park Press, 2016) Reviewed by Angelika von Wahl

James Bindenagel, Matthias Herdegen, and Karl Kaiser, ed., Internationale Sicherheit im 21. Jahrhundert: Deutschlands internationale Verantwortung (Göttingen: V&R unipress, 2016) Reviewed by Randall Newnham