Managing Marginalization: Poverty Politics in Post-Unification Germany

Lecture | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Alexander Graser, University of Regensburg.

 Institute of European Studies

Poverty has become an issue in Germany. Whereas the phenomenon has been present for quite a while, public attention has grown only recently. The talk will review and contextualize poverty-related legislation since the early nineties, highlight trends, identify seeming paradoxies, and discuss potential explanations: Among the candidates are exogenous ones like the fashions of policy diffusion or the forces of market integration and transnational migration, as well as endogenous ones like longterm shifts in social strata or the dynamics of regulatory differentiation.

Alexander Graser is Professor of Public Law and Policy at the University of Regensburg. His main expertise is in social policy, migration, discrimination law, and fundamental rights. His current research focuses on strategic public interest litigation and on law and neuroscience.

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