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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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Between subsidiarity and social assistance – the French republican route to activation

Between subsidiarity and social assistance – the French republican route to activation

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'An offer you can't refuse'
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Bernard Enjolras

Jean Louis Laville

Laurent Fraisse

Heather Trickey

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861341952.003.0002

This chapter studies work-for-benefit policies in France, which is a country that seems to be an unlikely host of workfare programmes compared to the other countries that are discussed in this volume. The main concern of the discussion is the way the strong republican ideology of French policy makers from the main political parties has accommodated the development of work-for-benefit policies — and indeed, work-instead-of-benefit policies. The chapter also gives and expands upon several findings from some programme evaluations, which suggest that the impact of these policies has not, so far, been substantial with regard to labour market insertion objectives.

Keywords:   work-for-benefit policies, republican ideology, French policy makers, work-instead-of-benefit policies, programme evaluations, labour market insertion objectives

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