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The activation dilemma: Reconciling the fairness and effectiveness of minimum income schemes in Europe

Amilcar Moreira


The activation of social welfare recipients has been, and still is, a central issue in the development of social and employment policies in Europe. This book explores the employment effectiveness of minimum income schemes, and provides the first comprehensive examination of its dependency on how the rights and obligations of the recipients are defined. The book argues that the right to a minimum income can only be adequately justified with reference to the individual's right to personal development. Combining political theory and policy analysis, the author draws on evidence from eight differe ... More

Keywords: activation, social welfare, employment policies, Europe, employment effectiveness, minimum income, rights, obligations, personal development, fairness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9781847420466
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amilcar Moreira, author