Comparing workfare programmes – features and implications

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:
Comparing workfare programmes – features and implications

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This chapter provides a systematic overview of the most ‘workfarelike’ workfare policies in each of the countries that previous chapters have discussed. A comparison of the programmes in terms of their aims and ideological underpinnings, their target groups, their administrative framework, and the extent to which they diverge from an ‘ideal-type’ workfare model is included. It discusses the patterns of variation, and ends with a section of the implications for the future of workfare. It concludes that workfare programmes are faced with a common set of problems that come directly from the fact that they are compulsory, work-based and targeted at a population facing formidable barriers to work.

Keywords: workfarelike; workfare policies; comparison of programmes; ideal-type workfare model; patterns of variation; implications; future of workfare; barriers to work

Chapter.  14772 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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