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Young people and contradictions of inclusionTowards Integrated Transition Policies in Europe$
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Andreu Lopez Blasco, Wallace McNeish, and Andreas Walther

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345547

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345547.001.0001

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The third sector: ghetto for the disadvantaged or springboard toward integration?

The third sector: ghetto for the disadvantaged or springboard toward integration?

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(p.145) Eight The third sector: ghetto for the disadvantaged or springboard toward integration?
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Young people and contradictions of inclusion
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Paul Burgess

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345547.003.0008

Referring to a study involving four European countries, this chapter assesses the potentials that third-sector initiatives may have for young people who face the risk of exclusion in the transition to the labour market. The question ‘ghetto for the disadvantaged or springboard?’ refers to the vulnerable structure of third-sector organisations, which may curtail these positive potentials, although cross-country comparison shows that this vulnerability may be compensated for by supportive legislation. Rather than acting as a ‘job machine’, the third sector serves as an empowering springboard for young people, due to its informal structures.

Keywords:   third-sector initiatives, labour market, social exclusion, supportive legislation, Europe

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