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Making it personalIndividualising activation services in the EU$
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Rik van Berkel and Ben Valkenburg

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347978

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347978.001.0001

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Rushing towards employability-centred activation: the ‘Hartz reforms’ in Germany

Rushing towards employability-centred activation: the ‘Hartz reforms’ in Germany

(p.217) Eleven Rushing towards employability-centred activation: the ‘Hartz reforms’ in Germany
Making it personal

Dirk Jacobi

Katrin Mohr

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This chapter describes the basic principles that support the new approach to activation in Germany. The discussion examines the individualised measures and services that form a relevant part of the philosophy of a ‘new social contract’. The chapter begins with an overview of the characteristics and structure of unemployment compensation and active labour market policy. This is followed by an outline of the initial steps taken by the Red-Green government, and a discussion of the ‘Hartz reforms’. The chapter ends with a look at the meaning of individualisation in the German approach to activation.

Keywords:   basic principles, activation, new approach, Germany, new social contract, unemployment compensation, labour market policy, Red-Green government, Hartz reforms

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