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


  • Henning Jørgensen
  • Michaela Schulze



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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  • Henning Jørgensen & Michaela Schulze, 2012. "A double farewell to a former model? Danish unions and activation policy," Local Economy, London South Bank University, vol. 27(5-6), pages 637-644, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:loceco:v:27:y:2012:i:5-6:p:637-644

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