Entrepreneurial activation: the Spanish Capitalisation of Unemployment Benefits programme

Aitor Gómez González

in Active social policies in the EU

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9781861342805
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301400 | DOI:
Entrepreneurial activation: the Spanish Capitalisation of Unemployment Benefits programme

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This chapter is centred on the Capitalisation of Unemployment Benefits programme, which is the most important employment scheme in Spain. It explains that this programme allows the unemployed who are entitled to unemployment benefits to capitalise the total value of these benefits and invest it in a new or already-established social company. It details the specific characteristics of the scheme and how it differs from the mainstream of employment programmes in the EU countries. It also explores the experiences of participants in the scheme in terms of its contribution to inclusion and exclusion. It highlights that by capitalising unemployment benefits in a social economy, workers become co-owners of the company where they work, thus, promoting ‘entrepreneurial activation’. It explains that this scheme allows a limited role of the state and increases autonomy and responsibility at work, which elicits different reactions and is experienced in different ways by the participants.

Keywords: entrepreneurial activation; Spain; unemployment benefits programme; invest; employment programmes; EU countries; social economy

Chapter.  9837 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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