Denmark: ambiguous modernization of an inclusive unemployment protection system

Jørgen Goul Andersen

in Regulating the Risk of Unemployment

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592296
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731471 | DOI:
Denmark: ambiguous modernization of an inclusive unemployment protection system

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In Denmark, there have been strong integration tendencies in terms of risk re-categorization and activation. Where benefit requirements used to be fairly undemanding, today employment and activation conditions have not only been tightened but also extended to all categories of non-employed benefit groups. In addition, all working-age transfer recipients have been administratively integrated in a unitary job centre system. With regard to the third dimension of integration the situation is more complicated. Due to a declining benefit ceiling in unemployment insurance, claimants receive increasingly homogeneous benefit levels. Recent restrictions to benefit duration may however lead to a growing share of the registered jobless receiving lower social assistance transfers. This may jeopardize the famed Danish ‘flexicurity’ model.

Keywords: Denmark; administrative integration; activation; benefit model; job office; matching groups; Ghent model; flexicurity; incentives to activation

Chapter.  9924 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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