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Lukas Kiepe/Wolfgang Schroeder: Welfare Organisations between Market Orientation and the Common Good. A System in Transition
From kindergarden to nursing home: in the German welfare state, the welfare organisations are structurally integrated into many areas of public services of general interest. This means that the six umbrella organisations, which are united in the Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Freien Wohlfahrtspflege (BAGFW), play a prominent role in the coordination and
management of social services which is unparalleled internationally. Alongside the Workers’ Welfare Association (AWO), the German Red Cross (DRK), the Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband and the Central Welfare Office for Jews in Germany (ZWST), the two denominational welfare associations – Caritas and Diakonie – have a special role to play. They are not only the largest welfare organisations, but also have their own labour law (Third Way) due to the specific state-church relations and are particularly affected by social (value-) change. All in all, the system of dual welfare care with public and private providers has been in a state of upheaval since the mid-1990s. The causes, characteristics and consequences of this change are examined in this paper.