Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 2 2005, page 58-71.
The employment policy of the government
Henning Hansen, Jens Lind og Iver Hornemann Møller
The Government’s 2002 programme, More at Work, from 2002 intended to create 87,000 more jobs. Because of a slight worsening of the economy this has not happened. On the contrary, unemployment has increased by some 30,000 since the Government took office in 2001. In 2004 unemployment decreased by 15,000, presumably because of tax reductions and a steadily decreasing interest rate, but there is still a long road to achieving the targets set by the programme. The contents of the More at Work programme include a lot of the usual ideas which we have seen in unemployment policy during the past many years, such as stricter demands on activation of the unemployed, a limitation of the access to unemployment and social benefits, lower benefit rates etc. However, the reform also contains some wide ranging reforms of the administrative structure of the employment policy, and together with the other changes in labour market regulation that the Government has implemented since 2001, it seems as if the Government has wide ranging intentions on changing some of the basic structures of labour market regulation in Denmark. In this sense the More at Work programme, which at first glance seems quite traditional, is a remarkable reform and part of a major project for changing employment relations in a more liberal direction.