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From unemployment programmes to ‘work first’: is German labour market policy becoming British?

Jochen Clasen

in Converging Worlds of Welfare?

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199584499
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199584499.003.0013

Series: Creating Sustainable Growth In Europe

From unemployment programmes to ‘work first’: is German labour market policy becoming British?

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Between 2003 and 2005 German labour market policy was subjected to the most far-reaching reform since the late 1960s. In many respects the reforms followed policies introduced in the UK and the gulf between the two countries was more pronounced two decades ago than it is now. The portfolio of active labour market programmes has become more similar over time and many German unemployed persons now receive social security provision which is akin to ‘British’ transfer policies. However, for persons with better-paid jobs and out of the labour force for shorter periods of time only, crucial cross-national differences remain. The chapter concentrates on developments particularly during the past ten years, as this is the period during which the contours of current British and German labour market policy have become increasingly clear.

Keywords: labour market policy; unemployment protection; activation; welfare reform; Germany; UK

Chapter.  6681 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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