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Between subsidiarity and social assistance – the French republican route to activation

Bernard Enjolras, Jean Louis Laville, Laurent Fraisse 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861341952.003.0002
Between subsidiarity and social assistance – the French republican route to activation

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This chapter studies work-for-benefit policies in France, which is a country that seems to be an unlikely host of workfare programmes compared to the other countries that are discussed in this volume. The main concern of the discussion is the way the strong republican ideology of French policy makers from the main political parties has accommodated the development of work-for-benefit policies — and indeed, work-instead-of-benefit policies. The chapter also gives and expands upon several findings from some programme evaluations, which suggest that the impact of these policies has not, so far, been substantial with regard to labour market insertion objectives.

Keywords: work-for-benefit policies; republican ideology; French policy makers; work-instead-of-benefit policies; programme evaluations; labour market insertion objectives

Chapter.  10541 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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