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A double farewell to a former model? Danish unions and activation policy


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  • Henning Jørgensen
  • Michaela Schulze


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    Developments starting with activation reforms in the 1990s and speeded up during the last 10 years form part of a double farewell to the Danish welfare model. The benefits system has been reformed with the introduction of stricter eligibility criteria, sanctions, shorter benefit periods, and strong work-first elements. The second part of the double farewell is present in recent changes in Danish corporatism. Traditionally, the inclusion of unions in the political process was a key element of the Danish model, but union influence has declined, to the extent that unions are currently better defined as lobbyists rather than as part of a corporatist system. This article outlines recent changes in the Danish model and concludes with a brief prognosis for its future.

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    Article provided by London South Bank University in its journal Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit.

    Volume (Year): 27 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 5-6 (August)
    Pages: 637-644

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:loceco:v:27:y:2012:i:5-6:p:637-644

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    Keywords: activation; corporatism; Denmark; labour market policy; Nordic model; social partners; unions; welfare state;


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