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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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National objectives and local implementation of workfare in Norway

National objectives and local implementation of workfare in Norway

Chapter:
(p.133) Five National objectives and local implementation of workfare in Norway
Source:
'An offer you can't refuse'
Author(s):

Ivar Lødemel

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861341952.003.0005

This chapter takes a look at an example of a localised form of Norwegian workfare. This is applied selectively to a highly residualised social assistance population within an economic setting that has been relatively unaffected by a rise in the unemployment rate. This chapter is focused on the first years of the new conditionality, and begins with a description of how political and ideological factors have joined to support the introduction of workfare as a condition of social assistance. The chapter then describes how structural and political conditions have resulted in a distortion of poorly specified national objectives, followed by a discussion of the recent developments that help suggest that the Norwegian workforce is moving in a similar direction to policies in other European countries.

Keywords:   localised form, Norwegian workfare, social assistance population, unemployment rate, conditionality, political factors, ideological factors, social assistance, national objectives

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