When all must be active – workfare in Denmark

Anders Rosdahl and Hanne Weise

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:
When all must be active – workfare in Denmark

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This chapter describes ‘activation’ as it is applied to social assistance recipients in Denmark. It shows that compulsory activation, when applied to the vast majority of social assistance and social insurance recipients after a set period, is contextualised within the ‘Active Line’ of Denmark. This is an expression of the principle that all of those who are in receipt of public income transfers should contribute to society through some activity. The chapter also places some attention to several other features that are important for comparison.

Keywords: activation; compulsory activation; social insurance; social assistance; recipients; Active Line; public income transfers

Chapter.  7304 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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