Family policy, especially under the heading of "reconciling family and career," is an ongoing social issue. In particular, the problematic aspects of reconciling family and work are at the center of the debate. How can the conflicts surrounding the areas of tension between gainful employment, care, time and money be resolved constructively for families without economizing families and without traditionalizing families?
Our proposal, which we have elaborated in numerous trialogues (started in 2009 at the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance), introduces the concept of partnership for this purpose, which is applied in the personal as well as in the social and political sphere. Our goal is always to combine difference and equality in order to promote individual dignity and independence as well as productive voluntary cooperation. At the same time, family is a "public good" and at least as important as education, health, transportation and infrastructure. The principles according to which individual families are ordered or structured are shaped by society and, conversely, continue to have an effect on it.
2014 - 2015
Federal Ministry for Family