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Continuity and change in Danish active labour market policy 1990-2007



"Active Danish labour market policies (ALMP) have variably been described as neoliberal workfare or as Social Democratic activation. Analysing changes 1990-2007, we suggest that it should rather be conceived of as a battlefield between these extremes, dictated by interests, by policy learning, and by the economic situation. Overall, ALMP has moved towards the 'workfare' pole, but key liberal ministers have actively endorsed the idea of 'flexicurity'. With a few exceptions, policies have moved towards stricter conditionality rather than genuine retrenchment. By 2006, negative evaluations of incentive-based measures indicate that this pathway of change is largely exhausted. The Danish case illustrates that economic prosperity can be more conducive to change than economic austerity, as the availability of jobs makes it easier to legitimise tough measures. Low unemployment also killed experiments with new leave arrangements, led governments to prioritise work more than education, and to a shift of attention towards those who receive social assistance." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

Autorin / Autor

  • Andersen, Jorgen Goul
  • Pedersen, Jacob J.

Bibliografische Daten

Andersen, Jorgen Goul; Pedersen, Jacob J. (2007): Continuity and change in Danish active labour market policy 1990-2007 * the battlefield between activation and workfare. (CCWS working paper, 2007-54), Aalborg, 43 S.