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Disabled people, work and welfareIs employment really the answer?$
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Chris Grover and Linda Piggott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318323

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318323.001.0001

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Social dialogue, partnership and the Danish model of activation of disabled people

Social dialogue, partnership and the Danish model of activation of disabled people

challenges and possibilities in the face of austerity

(p.145) Eight Social dialogue, partnership and the Danish model of activation of disabled people
Disabled people, work and welfare

David Etherington

Jo Ingold

Policy Press

The aim of this chapter is to explore in the case of Denmark the influence of social dialogue on activation for disabled people, reflecting ongoing tensions in the context of recession. Specifically, the chapter (i) outlines the reforms of the 2000s, involving a more work first strategy for disabled people; (ii) analyses the devolution and municipalisation of activation and the shift to multi-agency approaches in the 2013 reforms, and (iii) assesses the impact of austerity and more intensified work first-based interventions on the Danish welfare ‘consensus’. The chapter argues that social dialogue has been important to the Danish model of supporting disabled people to remain in, or enter paid work, but has been compromised by the shift towards workfare. The more recent moves towards co-production are important, on the one hand, in incorporating the voice of disabled people, but, on the other hand, the availability of quality sustainable jobs for disabled people remains a challenge.

Keywords:   activation, austerity, Denmark, disabled people, recession, social dialogue, workfare

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