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Workfare in the Netherlands – young unemployed people and the Jobseeker’s Employment Act

Henk Spies and Rik van Berkel

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/9781861341952.003.0004
Workfare in the Netherlands – young unemployed people and the Jobseeker’s Employment Act

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This chapter discusses the Jobseeker's Employment Act (JEA) in the Netherlands, which represents a universal strategy of compulsory activation for young unemployed people and a less comprehensively developed programme for older unemployed people. This chapter aims to identify the ideological, political and economic developments that form the background to policy implementation. It looks at the three different ‘regimes’ that compose the special character of the JEA, and emphasises on the ‘measurement’ of clients in order to produce individualised, tailored programmes. The chapter concludes with an overview of the research findings and themes that point to the very high ‘drop out’ levels from JEA schemes that may be considered counter productive with respect to the objective of tackling social exclusion.

Keywords: Jobseeker's Employment Act; compulsory activation; policy implementation; three regimes; tailored programmes; drop out levels; social exclusion

Chapter.  9875 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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