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 advantages - which, in a few nations, used to be complemented via efforts to aid recipients go back to the labour marketplace, particularly throughout the funding in energetic labour industry rules (ALMP).

Based on case-studies of advancements within the US and 8 eu international locations (UK, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, France, Portugal and the Czech Republic), this booklet argues that this primary set of reforms used to be through a moment wave of reforms that, when deepening the trail in the direction of the point of interest on paintings, brings very important recommendations- 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 profit and employment services).

Looking on the array of advancements brought in this interval, we parent key tendencies.
The first matters the strengthening of the position of the industry within the governance of activation, that is seen within the strengthening of the focal point on paintings, or the marketisation of employment prone. the second one, issues a circulate in the direction of the individualisation of provider supply, seen within the enlargement of using own motion plans or in efforts to streamline provider supply.

Finally, we convey that the onset of the sovereign debt situation in Europe, has caused a brand new wave of reforms. while tentative basically, our research issues to a being concerned development of the curtailment or merits (Portugal) and activation companies (Netherlands, Czech Republic) to minimal source of revenue recipients and, in parallel, another deepening of the point of interest on work-conditionality (UK and Norway).

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Methods for defining eligibility have since been found to differ across municipalities, depending on municipal demographics and local office resources (Naper, 2010; NAV Directorate, 2011; Schafft & Spjelkavik, 2011). The program’s promise as a statutory right was also related to it being funded as a national program through earmarked funds from the state. 2). As of 2011 municipalities were no longer legally obligated to devote funds specifically to the Qualification Program (NAV Directorate, 2010).

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Thus, the final enacted language only guaranteed programming that more closely represented the earlier Work First approach. While participants in the program were “entitled to” an individual plan that was to be negotiated in cooperation with the participant (Lov om sosiale tjenester [Social Services Law], 2007, section 5A–5), the program content was required only to include work-related measures and work seeking; and the act allowed for local flexibility on other programming focal points. Moreover, while time set aside for health aid, training, and ability activities was mentioned as a possibility, these also were not guaranteed (Lov om sosiale tjenester [Social Services Law], 2007, section 5A–2).

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