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The active society and activation policy: ideologies, contexts and effects

Jørgen Elm Larsen

in The changing face of welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9781861345929
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.003.0008
The active society and activation policy: ideologies, contexts and effects

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This chapter focuses on the role of activation policy in the active society, and especially on the employment and social integration effects of the Danish active line in labour-market and social policy. First, it examines the concepts of the active society and activation. Second, the chapter shows how the idea of the active society and activation is put into practice in different ways depending on particular ideological and institutional settings. Third, it takes a closer look at the Danish active line, which has been promoted as ‘best practice’ since the 1990s by the OECD and EU Commission in the field of labour-market and social policy. Fourth, the chapter investigates the employment and social-integration effects of the Danish active line. Finally, some of the most important lessons from the Danish case are highlighted.

Keywords: activation policy; employment; social integration; social policy; Danish active line

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