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Welfare to Work in Contemporary European Welfare StatesLegal, Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives on Justice and Domination$
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Anja Eleveld, Thomas Kampen, and Josien Arts

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781447340010

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447340010.001.0001

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The prohibition of forced labour and the right to freely chosen work: a comparison of Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK

The prohibition of forced labour and the right to freely chosen work: a comparison of Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK

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(p.113) 6 The prohibition of forced labour and the right to freely chosen work: a comparison of Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK
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Welfare to Work in Contemporary European Welfare States
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Anja Eleveld

Neville Harris

Christian H. Schøler

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447340010.003.0006

This chapter uses the six legal safeguards, identified in chapter 4, that concretise the proportionality test under the prohibition of forced labour and the right to freely chosen work to evaluate the national social assistance legislation in Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK. The analysis shows that none of the national legislation complies with all six safeguards. The Dutch legislation stands out for its lack of legal regulation with respect to the duty to participate in work programmes. In addition, a comparison between the Danish and the British WTW law shows that, while the Danish legal provisions aim at a collaboration between the recipient of social assistance benefits and the authorities, the British provisions reflect the aim of the national authorities to control the recipient.

Keywords:   Comparative social assistance, Welfare-to-Work, Prohibition of forced labour, Right to freely chosen work, Duty to work

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