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'An offer you can't refuse': Workfare in international perspective

Ivar Lodemel and Heather Trickey


In the last decade, developed welfare states have witnessed a pendulum swing away from unconditional entitlement to social assistance, towards greater emphasis on obligations and conditions tied to the receipt of financial aid. Through administrative reforms, conditions of entitlement have been narrowed. With the introduction of compulsory work for recipients, the contract between the state and uninsured unemployed people is changing. The product of research funded by the European Union, this book compares ‘work-for-welfare’ — or workfare — programmes objectively for the first time. It conside ... More

Keywords: entitlement, social assistance, workfare programmes, European Union, compulsory work, welfare states, financial aid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9781861341952
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861341952.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ivar Lodemel, editor

Heather Trickey, editor