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Getting Welfare to Work: Lessons from Britain’s ‘New Deal’

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  • Dan Finn

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The re-emergence of long term unemployment and benefit dependency has posed new challenges for traditional welfare and employment assistance regimes. New strategies aimed at ‘activating’ benefit systems, ‘making work pay’ and improving the efficiency of labour market programs are being implemented. This article assesses the ‘employment first’ welfare state that has been created in Britain and reviews the evidence about the role and impact of the Labour Governments New Deal employment programmes. It then considers some implications that this assessment may have for countries currently ‘activating’ their benefit systems.

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  • Dan Finn, 2002. "Getting Welfare to Work: Lessons from Britain’s ‘New Deal’," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 5(4), pages 471-487, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:5:y:2002:i:4:p:471-487
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    Keywords

    Fiscal Policies and Behaviour of Economic Agents: Household (Effects on Labour Supply) Social security and public pensions Government programs; provision and effects of welfare programs;

    JEL classification:

    • H31 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Household
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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