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'An offer you can't refuse' : Workfare in international perspective - Ivar Lødemel

'An offer you can't refuse'

Workfare in international perspective

By: Ivar Lødemel (Editor), Heather Trickey (Editor)

Paperback Published: 24th January 2001
ISBN: 9781861341952
Number Of Pages: 384

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In the last decade, developed welfare states have witnessed a pendulum swing away from unconditional entitlement to social assistance, towards greater emphasis on obligations and conditions tied to the receipt of financial aid. Through administrative reforms, conditions of entitlement have been narrowed. With the introduction of compulsory work for recipients the contract between the state and uninsured unemployed people is changing.The product of research funded by the European Union, this book compares 'work-for-welfare' - or workfare - programmes objectively for the first time. It considers well publicised schemes from the United States alongside more overlooked examples of workfare programmes from six European countries: France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and Britain. It is the first time that details of workfare programmes have been collated in such an easily accessible format.'An offer you can't refuse' provides an analysis of the ideological debates that surround compulsory work programmes and gives a detailed overview of the programmes implemented in each country, including their political and policy contexts and the forces that have combined to facilitate their implementation. Similarities and differences between programmes are explored. Explanations for differences and lessons for policy makers are discussed.

Industry Reviews

"This is an important and highly readable book and it marks the first time that workfare programmes have been collated in such an easily accessible format." European Access Plus "an excellent volume.... The editors have furnished us with a much-needed account of contemproary workfare arrangements in key welfare regimes." Journal of Social Policy

Notes on contributors
A new contract for social assistancep. 1
Between subsidiarity and social assistance - the French republican route to activationp. 41
Uneven development - local authorities and workfare in Germanyp. 71
Workfare in the Netherlands - young unemployed people and the Jobseeker's Employment Actp. 105
National objectives and local implementation of workfare in Norwayp. 133
When all must be active - workfare in Denmarkp. 159
Steps to compulsion within British labour market policiesp. 181
Making work for welfare in the United Statesp. 215
Comparing workfare programmes -features and implicationsp. 249
Discussion: workfare in the welfare statep. 295
Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9781861341952
ISBN-10: 1861341954
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 24th January 2001
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.5