National objectives and local implementation of workfare in Norway

Ivar Lødemel

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:
National objectives and local implementation of workfare in Norway

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This chapter takes a look at an example of a localised form of Norwegian workfare. This is applied selectively to a highly residualised social assistance population within an economic setting that has been relatively unaffected by a rise in the unemployment rate. This chapter is focused on the first years of the new conditionality, and begins with a description of how political and ideological factors have joined to support the introduction of workfare as a condition of social assistance. The chapter then describes how structural and political conditions have resulted in a distortion of poorly specified national objectives, followed by a discussion of the recent developments that help suggest that the Norwegian workforce is moving in a similar direction to policies in other European countries.

Keywords: localised form; Norwegian workfare; social assistance population; unemployment rate; conditionality; political factors; ideological factors; social assistance; national objectives

Chapter.  9922 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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