Activation or Workfare? Governance and the Neo-Liberal by Ivar Lodemel, Amilcar Moreira

By Ivar Lodemel, Amilcar Moreira

The decade of the 20 th century was once marked via a shift in how welfare-states take care of these on the backside of the source of revenue ladder. This shift concerned the introduction/strengthening of work-obligations as a situation for receiving minimal source of revenue merits - which, in a few nations, used to be complemented by way of efforts to aid recipients go back to the labour industry, particularly throughout the funding in lively labour marketplace guidelines (ALMP).

Based on case-studies of advancements within the US and 8 eu countries (UK, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal and the Czech Republic), this booklet argues that this primary set of reforms used to be by way of a moment wave of reforms that, while deepening the trail in the direction of the focal point on paintings, brings very important concepts- be it the instruments used to assist recipients again to the labour markets (ex., monetary incentives) and in how activation guidelines are introduced (ex., integration of gain and employment services).

Looking on the array of advancements brought in this interval, we determine key developments.
The first issues the strengthening of the position of the marketplace within the governance of activation, that is seen within the strengthening of the focal point on paintings, or the marketisation of employment companies. the second one, matters a circulation in the direction of the individualisation of carrier supply, noticeable within the growth of using own motion plans or in efforts to streamline carrier supply.

Finally, we express that the onset of the sovereign debt situation in Europe, has prompted a brand new wave of reforms. when tentative in basic terms, our research issues to a caring development of the curtailment or advantages (Portugal) and activation companies (Netherlands, Czech Republic) to minimal source of revenue recipients and, in parallel, a different deepening of the point of interest on work-conditionality (UK and Norway).

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Adopting a neoinstitutional perspective, we ask whether the Norwegian system of activation for minimum income recipients remains largely the same, despite ambitious governance reforms and new programming. The chapter concludes that the strength of the forces that made the activation reforms possible has at the same time facilitated a wide discrepancy not only between stated objectives for national programs and the measures enacted but also between these measures and the reality of local implementation.

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In 2006, the requirement of occupational mobility was also introduced. Accordingly, otherwise able-bodied people who could no longer continue in their current occupations due to health issues would only be entitled to benefits for a maximum of 3 months (Amendment to the Law on Social Insurance, 2006). 32 Activation or Workfare? Finally, reforms of the disability benefit program also bear witness to the expanded work approach, albeit with a more individualized approach for some target groups similar to that applied to Qualification Program participants.

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