A new contract for social assistance

Ivar Lødemel and Heather Trickey

in 'An offer you can't refuse'

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9781861341952
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301462 | DOI:
A new contract for social assistance

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This chapter provides a working definition of workfare, which is used in this book. The discussion identifies key elements of workfare programmes, and outlines the policy context for workfare policies in a discussion of a move from ‘passive’ to ‘active’ labour market policies. An ideological context is presented in the discussion of two competing concepts — ‘dependency’ and ‘social exclusion’ — in relation to worklessness. The chapter then presents the structural context for workfare, as well as giving a presentation of key economic indicators in the seven countries and a description of differences in welfare state and social assistance regimes.

Keywords: workfare; workfare programmes; workfare policies; policy context; labour market policies; dependency; social exclusion; worklessness; key economic indicators

Chapter.  13290 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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