Rushing towards employability-centred activation: the ‘Hartz reforms’ in Germany

Dirk Jacobi and Katrin Mohr

in Making it personal

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347978
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302735 | DOI:
Rushing towards employability-centred activation: the ‘Hartz reforms’ in Germany

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This chapter describes the basic principles that support the new approach to activation in Germany. The discussion examines the individualised measures and services that form a relevant part of the philosophy of a ‘new social contract’. The chapter begins with an overview of the characteristics and structure of unemployment compensation and active labour market policy. This is followed by an outline of the initial steps taken by the Red-Green government, and a discussion of the ‘Hartz reforms’. The chapter ends with a look at the meaning of individualisation in the German approach to activation.

Keywords: basic principles; activation; new approach; Germany; new social contract; unemployment compensation; labour market policy; Red-Green government; Hartz reforms

Chapter.  9222 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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