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Title:Contingent convergence: a comparative analysis of activation policies PDF Logo
Authors:Eichhorst, Werner
Konle-Seidl, Regina
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 3905
Abstract:The trend towards activation has been one of the major issues in recent welfare and labour market reforms in Europe and the US. Despite considerable initial variation across national models with respect to the scope and intensity of activation, redefining the link between social protection and labour market policies on the one hand and employment on the other has been a common issue in labour market reforms. The paper shows the development of activation policies in terms of basic principles, instruments, target groups and governance in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the US, Sweden and Denmark. It assesses the effectiveness and efficiency of activation policies in terms of bringing the jobless into work and ensuring sustainable independence from social benefits. Based on national activation trajectories, the paper argues that we can observe a contingent convergence of instruments, target groups, governance modes and outcomes so that established typologies of activation strategies have to be questioned.
Subjects:Activation
active labor market policies
unemployment insurance
social assistance
JEL:J65
J68
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090107110
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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