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Fondements normatifs des politiques d'activation : un éclairage à partir des théories de la justice


  • Ai-Thu Dang
  • Hélène Zajdela


This paper is aimed at calling into question the normative foundations of active labour market policies, especially the strategy to “make work pay” by analysing the « revealed preferences » through public decision making process. We use J. Rawls, R. Dworkin and A. Sen’s theory of justice as well as N. Fraser’s theory of recognition to highlight the underlying assumptions of active labour market policies and to assess the nature of responsibility they define. JEL Classification – A13, D63, J2, I38.

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  • Ai-Thu Dang & Hélène Zajdela, 2009. "Fondements normatifs des politiques d'activation : un éclairage à partir des théories de la justice," Recherches économiques de Louvain, De Boeck Université, vol. 75(3), pages 313-352.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:reldbu:rel_753_0313

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    1. Niculina KARACSONY, 2015. "The Child Offender Under The Age Of Criminal Liability," SEA - Practical Application of Science, Fundația Română pentru Inteligența Afacerii, Editorial Department, issue 7, pages 341-350, April.
    2. Sophie Divay & Coralie Perez, 2010. "Conseiller les actifs en transition sur le marché du travail : la généralisation de pratiques professionnelles différenciées," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) halshs-00455570, HAL.

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    active labour market policies; « Making Work Pay »; theories of justice; personal responsibility; social responsibility; real freedom; recognition;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs


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