The transformation of unemployment protection in Europe

Jochen Clasen and Daniel Clegg

in Regulating the Risk of Unemployment

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592296
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731471 | DOI:
The transformation of unemployment protection in Europe

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Revisiting some of the main findings, the concluding chapter maps the types and intensities of change within national unemployment protection systems and identifies a tentative grouping of countries in terms of the scale of ‘triple integration’ as outlined in the introductory chapter of this book. It subsequently addresses some of the reasons which help to account for the emergence of diverse policy profiles. It argues that even in countries where institutional integration has not been achieved it has entered political agendas, partly arresting or even reversing tendencies of institutional dualization in unemployment provision. The chapter claims that as the focus of unemployment protection is changing, so is the underlying definition of what it means to be unemployed. While unemployment protection was once narrowly aimed at ‘workers-without-work’, it is gradually being transformed into an integrated provision of transfers and services for, in principle, all working-age benefit claimants.

Keywords: institutional integration; dualization; definition of unemployment; Europe

Chapter.  6519 words. 

Subjects: Political Economy

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