Uneven development – local authorities and workfare in Germany

Wolfgang Voges, Herbert Jacobs and Heather Trickey

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Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2001 | ISBN: 9781861341952
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301462 | DOI:
Uneven development – local authorities and workfare in Germany

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This chapter takes a look at Germany, a country known for a long tradition of work creation schemes within a system of locally organised social assistance delivery. It describes the rough and uncoordinated development of Help Towards Work schemes all over Germany, which lead to a patchwork of provision that varies in extent and in strategy between the localities. Although the available evidence is weak, it suggests that, while the schemes are effective in cutting local authority expenditure and in raising feelings of self-confidence among participants, they have not been shown to promote employment integration. The chapter ends by providing some future indicators.

Keywords: work creation schemes; social assistance delivery; Help Towards Work; provision; local authority expenditure; employment integration; future indicators

Chapter.  11131 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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