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Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband (Parity)

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Oranienburger Str. 13-14 10178 Berlin Germany


The Paritätische Gesamtverband (Paritätische or Parity) is one of six central voluntary welfare associations in Germany. It is an umbrella association of almost 10,000 legally independent organizations which provide social welfare work assisting others or in self-help groups. The Paritätische is a service provider for its members, representing their interests as well as those of the people they assist towards politics and the general public.

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After the First World War, nondenominational, private voluntary welfare organizations were increasingly under pressure. Problems of political legitimization and economic worries endangered the existence of institutions and services. This was especially true for residential care and kindergartens. Cooperation between the very different independent organizations in this sector seemed to be essential. What was...

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  • Boessenecker, K.-H. (1995). Spitzenverbände der freien Wohlfahrtspflege in der BRD: eine Einführung in Organisationsstrukturen und Handlungsfelder. Münster, Germany: Votum-Verlag.

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  • Merchel, J. (1989). Der Deutsche Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband. Seine Funktion im korporatistisch gefügten System sozialer Arbeit. Weinheim, Germany: Dt. Studien-Verlag.

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Didion, E. (2010). Paritätischer Wohlfahrtsverband (Parity). In: Anheier, H.K., Toepler, S. (eds) International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. Springer, New York, NY.

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