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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

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

Ivar Lødemel

Policy Press

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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