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The activation dilemma

Amilcar Moreira

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420466
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303695 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420466.001.0001
The activation dilemma

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The activation of social welfare recipients has been, and still is, a central issue in the development of social and employment policies in Europe. This book explores the employment effectiveness of minimum income schemes, and provides the first comprehensive examination of its dependency on how the rights and obligations of the recipients are defined. The book argues that the right to a minimum income can only be adequately justified with reference to the individual's right to personal development. Combining political theory and policy analysis, the author draws on evidence from eight different European countries to illustrate how it is possible to combine higher levels of employment effectiveness with the respect for recipients' right to personal development. The book explores the balance between fairness and effectiveness in the activation of minimum income recipients.

Keywords: activation; social welfare; employment policies; Europe; employment effectiveness; minimum income; rights; obligations; personal development; fairness

Book.  168 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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