Activating the Unemployed: A Comparative Appraisal of Work-Oriented Policies

Activating the Unemployed: A Comparative Appraisal of Work-Oriented Policies

by Neil Gilbert
     
 

The last decade has witnessed a conspicuous alteration in policies protecting unemployed people in modern welfare states. Social policies are increasingly designed to encourage economic independence. Policy makers have introduced a wide range of reforms linking disability, unemployment, and welfare programs cash benefits to work-oriented measures.Welfare policies

Overview

The last decade has witnessed a conspicuous alteration in policies protecting unemployed people in modern welfare states. Social policies are increasingly designed to encourage economic independence. Policy makers have introduced a wide range of reforms linking disability, unemployment, and welfare programs cash benefits to work-oriented measures.Welfare policies are being framed by a new emphasis on recipients' obligations, emphasizing that the receipt of benefits creates a responsibility to take action towards becoming self-reliant. The objective is to minimize the duration of dependence or improve the well-being of family or community. Activating the Unemployed addresses this growing interest in work-oriented measures. This represents a shift in the dominant discourse on social welfare from focus on the citizen's rights to social benefits to emphasis on their responsibilities to work and lead an active life.

In this volume, a distinguished array of international contributors provide cross-cultural perspectives to analyze recent diverse policy initiatives to activate the unemployed in nine countries-Britain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Each provides a systematic account of the background, design, implementation, and results of employment-oriented measures. Collectively they permit comparison of organized responses to common problems in the areas of public assistance (welfare), unemployment, and disability, among others. Further chapters seek to broaden perspectives on policy options, the issues raised, and lessons learned in the course of activating the unemployed.

This thorough and insightful account addresses significant contemporary issues and concerns about welfare, social security, and unemployment. It will aid policy makers, professionals, and scholars in assessing current trends in welfare in various countries throughout the world.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“As unemployment continues to bear great human and economic costs, this edited volume is a welcome contribution. It brings together national studies of the development of work-oriented policies and their effects over the last 20 years or more. . . . [The] volume provides a good insight into current trends in work-oriented policies. . . . [The editors] have opted for a sensible and sensitive introduction and look into the challenges ahead. . . . [Recommend] to both scholars and policymakers interested in one of the most enduring social problems of our times.” —Jon Kvist, Contemporary Sociology
Booknews
Ten contributions from sociologists and other scholars analyze recent diverse policy initiatives to activate the unemployed in the countries of Britain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Each describes the background, design, implementation, and results of these employment- oriented measures. They examine common problems in the areas of public assistance (welfare), unemployment, and disability and discuss policy options for the future. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765807670
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
03/16/2001
Series:
International Social Security Series
Pages:
319
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Neil Gilbert is the Chemin Professor of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley. His most recent books include Changing Patterns of Social Protection (edited with Rebecca A. Van Voorhis), Welfare Reform: A Comparative Assessment of the French and U.S. Experiences (edited with Antoine Parent), and Transformation of the Welfare State.

Rebecca Van Voorhis is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at the State University of California, Hayward.

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