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The Law of the Activating Welfare State

Editor(s): Eberhard Eichenhofer
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Published: 16-07-2015
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 176
ISBN: 9781509900244
Imprint: Nomos/Hart
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £50.00
Online price : £45.00
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About The Law of the Activating Welfare State

The most profound reform of social policy in Germany during the last decade was the labour market reforms 2003/4. It was initiated by a reform commission chaired by Peter Hartz (Volkswagen) and its motifs and results are still controversial today.

This book identifies these reforms by illustrating the international and European context. It unveils parallel developments in the Netherlands, Denmark, the United Kingdom and France, and shows to which extent the German reform had been driven and enhanced by the European Employment Strategy.

The study does not focus on the details of the reform but its new elements: case, management, conditional social benefits, obligations to cooperate and sanctions. It shows that its leitmotif is not neoliberal but communitarian.

Table Of Contents

I. The research question
II. Activation in Europe
III. Foundations of activation – labour and social benefits
IV. Self-responsibility
V. Social administration bound by statute or by contract?
VI. Sanctions in case of a failure to cooperate
VII. The level of the benefits in the activating welfare state
VIII. Conclusion – the activating welfare state and the law


“The book gives an accurate account of activation policies in different western countries.” –  Gwenola Bargain, Intersentia

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