Kommentierung von Artikel 20 Abs. 1-3 GG , IV: Sozialstaatsprinzip

Translated title of the contribution: Academic Commentary of Article 20 paragraphs 1-3 GG, IV: the social state principle

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This critical commentary of the social state principle in the German constitution explores the history of the welfare state, and the emergence of constitutional social state guarantees, rehearsing in particular the Abendroth / Forthoff debate on whether the constitutional principle should have any legal relevance at all, which regains relevance in the recent debates on EU social law and policy. The commentary goes on to contextualise the development of national social state principles in globalisation and Europeanisation of law and policy, adding the development of a European dimension of the social state principles. It provides a critical analysis of the jurisprudence of the German constitutional court, developing concepts such as the constitutional ban of social regression, basing collective bargaining rights on the social state principle, and a feminist analysis of politics of welfare. All this is based on extensive critical literature reviews, offering an original treatise of this important constitutional concept
Original languageGerman
Title of host publicationGemeinschaftskommentar zum Grundgesetz (Reihe Alternativkommentare)
EditorsEkkehard Denninger
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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    Schiek, D. (2001). Kommentierung von Artikel 20 Abs. 1-3 GG , IV: Sozialstaatsprinzip. In E. Denninger (Ed.), Gemeinschaftskommentar zum Grundgesetz (Reihe Alternativkommentare) (pp. 1-83). Luchterhand.