The Czech Republic: activation, diversification, and marginalization<sup>1</sup>

Tomáš Sirovátka and Ondřej Hora

in Regulating the Risk of Unemployment

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592296
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731471 | DOI:
The Czech Republic: activation, diversification, and marginalization1

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Recent developments in the regulation of the risk of unemployment set the Czech Republic apart from many other European countries. There is evidence neither of a significant blurring of the boundaries between the risk of unemployment and other forms of working‐age benefit dependency, nor of any trends towards benefit homogenization. On the contrary, since the early 1990s, a process of growing diversification in benefit rights can be identified, alongside a growing and strong emphasis on activation, associated with cuts in benefit entitlements in social assistance. Three factors in particular have influenced developments in the regulation of unemployment in the Czech case: the timing of the market transformation process, political imperatives of blame avoidance in the context of that transformation, and fiscal constraints which have become more pressing during the recent economic crisis.

Keywords: unemployment protection; the Czech Republic; policy development; activation; benefit rights

Chapter.  9806 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Political Economy

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