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Do/How do countries learn from each other? : a closer look to Germany and Sweden and the fourth pillar of the European employment strategy : equal opportunities and the parental leave system in Germany and Sweden

Wiersbin, Natascha (2007) Do/How do countries learn from each other? : a closer look to Germany and Sweden and the fourth pillar of the European employment strategy : equal opportunities and the parental leave system in Germany and Sweden.

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Abstract:What are countries doing if a programme does not work anymore? They have to look for a solution to improve the programme or to find and to establish a new programme. But where to find a solution or a new programme? Sometimes it can be good and helpful to look at other countries and their way to solve similar problems. But just looking does not solve the problems in the country. But if one finds a good solution in another country, is it possible to transfer this into the country? And how to do it? This are questions I want to answer in this paper. Another question I want to have a closer look at is, if countries prefer this “learning from others” like the Open Method of Co – ordination (OMC) wants it or if they do not like it and are more likely to present the new programme as their own idea. This paper is focused on Germany and Sweden and their parental leave systems because in the beginning of this year 2007 Germany introduced a new parental leave system which is very similar to the Swedish concept. In this paper I want to have a closer look at the way Germany is introducing this new system and if it can work in Germany or not – and if not, why is it working in Sweden but not in Germany? Could it be that there are mistakes done in transfering the Swedish concept or is everything perfect? And in general, can we speak about “learning from best practise” like the OMC wants it?
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/57999
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