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"Activation" policies on the fringes of society: a challenge for European welfare states

organized by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the Section Political Sociology of the German Sociological Association (DGS)


May 15-16, 2008


The Conference "Activation" will be held at the Congress Centre of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency), Regensburger Strasse 104, Nuremberg, Germany


The paradigm of “activation” is an important reference point for ongoing reforms of labour market and welfare policies in European countries. The conference aims to look at this paradigm and its consequences, particularly for benefit recipients who are “on the fringes” of labour market and society (welfare recipients, long-term ill, refugees, long term unemployed and so on).

The issue of activation will be approached from different angles: 

  • Ideas and ideologies of activation
  • Activation policies in Europe
  • The governance of activation
  • Doing research on activation – methodological issues
  • Activation measures and their effects on different target groups
  • In the “black box” – activation from an interaction perspective
  • Activation and social inclusion/exclusion

Following the last plenary session there will be the opportunity to discuss the formation of an international research network on activation.


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