This book is published open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This open access book provides an overview of childlessness throughout Europe. It offers a collection of papers written by leading demographers and sociologists that examine contexts, causes, and consequences of childlessness in countries throughout the region.The book features data from all over Europe. It specifically highlights patterns of childlessness in Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, Austria and Switzerland. An additional chapter on childlessness in the United States puts the European experience in perspective. The book offers readers such insights as the determinants of lifelong childlessness, whether governments can and should counteract increasing childlessness, how the phenomenon differs across social strata and the role economic uncertainties play. In addition, the book also examines life course dynamics and biographical patterns, assisted reproduction as well as the consequences of childlessness. Childlessness has been increasing rapidly in most European countries in recent decades. This book offers readers expert analysis into this issue from leading experts in the field of family behavior. From causes to consequences, it explores the many facets of childlessness throughout Europe to present a comprehensive portrait of this important demographic and sociological trend.
Developments of the German electorate in times of demographic change
Author: Nora E. Sánchez Gassen
Category: Political Science
Nora E. Sánchez Gassen analyses how demographic trends and electoral law have influenced the German electorate in the past and projects their future impact. A set of population projections illustrates how the size and age structure of the electorate will change until 2030 due to ongoing demographic changes. Additional analyses reveal how reforms of electoral law and citizenship law could be used to influence these trends. Overall, the author combines demographic methods with democratic theory in order to investigate a topic that has so far received little attention in discussions on demographic change: the future of the democratic system.
Freedom is modernity's most important promise, but also its most controversial promise. No other concept has led to so many expectations, disappointments, changes, and destruction. This book examines German theologian and ethicist Wolfgang Huber's concept of "communicative freedom," which is proposed as a contribution to the debate on freedom within modernity. It is argued that communicative freedom integrates radically different understandings of freedom into one comprehensive concept. This concept allows for a constructive and critical affirmation of modernity. (Series: Theology in the Public Square/Theologie in der Offentlichkeit - Vol. 3)
Ron Hellfuns "Was dich verhindert - vernichte" ist die Lebensgeschichte des Ronald Hollewitz, einem Durchschnittskerl, der seit fruhester Kindheit den Traum verfolgte, eines Tages das meist verkaufte Buch aller Zeiten zu schreiben und damit der bedeutsamste Schriftsteller zu werden, der jemals auf Erden existierte. Um sein grosses Vorhaben in die Tat umsetzen zu konnen, ist ihm jedes Mittel recht und kein Preis zu hoch. Selbst wenn der Erfolg von ihm forderte, uber Leichen zu gehen, ware dies nur ein kleiner Schritt auf dem Weg zu seiner literarischen Unsterblichkeit