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'An offer you can't refuse'Workfare in international perspective$
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Ivar Lodemel and Heather Trickey

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861341952

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861341952.001.0001

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A new contract for social assistance

A new contract for social assistance

Chapter:
(p.1) One A new contract for social assistance
Source:
'An offer you can't refuse'
Author(s):

Ivar Lødemel

Heather Trickey

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861341952.003.0001

This chapter provides a working definition of workfare, which is used in this book. The discussion identifies key elements of workfare programmes, and outlines the policy context for workfare policies in a discussion of a move from ‘passive’ to ‘active’ labour market policies. An ideological context is presented in the discussion of two competing concepts — ‘dependency’ and ‘social exclusion’ — in relation to worklessness. The chapter then presents the structural context for workfare, as well as giving a presentation of key economic indicators in the seven countries and a description of differences in welfare state and social assistance regimes.

Keywords:   workfare, workfare programmes, workfare policies, policy context, labour market policies, dependency, social exclusion, worklessness, key economic indicators

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