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Activation policies in Germany : from status protection to basic income support

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  • Konle-Seidl, Regina

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    (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany])

  • Eichhorst, Werner
  • Grienberger-Zingerle, Maria

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"This paper provides an overview of the sequential shift towards activating labour market and social policy in Germany. It not only shows the changes in the instruments of active and passives labour market policies but also analyzes the implications of this change for the political economy, the governance and the legal structure of a 'Bismarckian' welfare state. Our study points at the changes in Germany's status- and occupation-oriented unemployment benefit regime that has been relinquished for a larger share of dependent population. Unemployment insurance benefit duration is shorter now and newly created basic income support for needy persons is not earnings-related anymore. Pressure on unemployed to take up jobs has increased considerably while more persons than before have access to employment assistance. The paper also aims at a preliminary assessment of the effects of activating labour market policy on labour market as well as social outcomes and sets out probable paths of future adaptation." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Paper provided by Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany] in its series IAB Discussion Paper with number 200706.

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Length: 76 pages
Date of creation: 30 Jan 2007
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Publication status: published in: Eichhorst, Werner; Grienberger-Zingerle, Maria; Konle-Seidl, Regina: Bringing the jobless into work? Experiences with activation schemes in Europe and the US, p. 17-67
Handle: RePEc:iab:iabdpa:200706

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Keywords: Arbeitsmarktpolitik; Sozialpolitik; Reformpolitik; Hartz-Reform; aktivierende Arbeitsmarktpolitik; aktivierende Sozialpolitik; Aktivierung; Leitbild; Wohlfahrtsstaat; Arbeitslosenunterstützung; Sozialleistungen; Leistungsanspruch; Leistungsbezug; Anspruchsvoraussetzung; Leistungshöhe; Grundsicherung nach SGB XII; Grundsicherung nach SGB II; Zielgruppe; Arbeitslosengeld II-Empfänger; Erwerbsfähigkeit; Sanktion; Arbeitslose; Existenzminimum; Eigentum; Berufswahlfreiheit; Arbeitsverwaltung; Kompetenzverteilung; organisatorischer Wandel; Job-Center; ARGE; aktivierende Arbeitsmarktpolitik - Erfolgskontrolle; öffentliche Ausgaben; Armut; politischer Wandel; Politikumsetzung;

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  1. Koch, Susanne & Walwei, Ulrich, 2005. "Hartz IV: Geht die Reform zu weit oder noch nicht weit genug?," Wirtschaftsdienst – Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik (1998 - 2007), ZBW – German National Library of Economics / Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, vol. 85(7), pages 411-417.
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