Discussion: workfare in the welfare state

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:
Discussion: workfare in the welfare state

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This chapter tries to determine the possible reasons for diversity and apparent convergence with regards to the development of workfare programmes within the countries considered here. The chapter starts by questioning if the introduction of workfare does herald a convergence of policies for uninsured out-of-work people in the seven countries. It then talks about the four possible explanations of diversity among the programmes, and presents and evaluates the evidence for four hypotheses. The chapter ends by questioning the extent to which workfare policies are being used as part of a strategy to improve welfare services and increase labour market integration, or as a means to reduce individual autonomy for participants.

Keywords: diversity; converfence; development of workfare programmes; welfare services; labour market integration; individual autonomy

Chapter.  19255 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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