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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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Workfare in the Netherlands – young unemployed people and the Jobseeker’s Employment Act

Workfare in the Netherlands – young unemployed people and the Jobseeker’s Employment Act

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(p.104) (p.105) Four Workfare in the Netherlands – young unemployed people and the Jobseeker’s Employment Act
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'An offer you can't refuse'
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Henk Spies

Rik van Berkel

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861341952.003.0004

This chapter discusses the Jobseeker's Employment Act (JEA) in the Netherlands, which represents a universal strategy of compulsory activation for young unemployed people and a less comprehensively developed programme for older unemployed people. This chapter aims to identify the ideological, political and economic developments that form the background to policy implementation. It looks at the three different ‘regimes’ that compose the special character of the JEA, and emphasises on the ‘measurement’ of clients in order to produce individualised, tailored programmes. The chapter concludes with an overview of the research findings and themes that point to the very high ‘drop out’ levels from JEA schemes that may be considered counter productive with respect to the objective of tackling social exclusion.

Keywords:   Jobseeker's Employment Act, compulsory activation, policy implementation, three regimes, tailored programmes, drop out levels, social exclusion

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