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Active social policies in the EU

Inclusion through participation?

Rik van Berkel og Iver Hornemann Møller

Policy Press 2002 240 s. ISBN 1-86134-280-2
Bogomtale fra forlaget.

There is an increasing emphasis on activation and participation in European social welfare policy. This book challenges the underlying presupposition that regular employment is the royal road to inclusion. Drawing on original empirical research, it investigates the inclusionary and exclusionary potentials of different types of work, including activation programmes.

Active social policies in the EU makes an important contribution to the debates in this area by:

reporting on original international comparative research;

reflecting on and critically assessing current activating policies;

evaluating the consequences of these policies, as well as challenging the premises on which they are based;

including the perspectives of service users in its analyses;

offering recommendations for the future design of activating policies.

The book will be invaluable for students, lecturers and researchers of social and labour market policies and policy makers. It is essential reading for those interested in issues of inclusion, activation and the role of types of work in promoting inclusion.

Contents: Introduction Rik van Berkel and Iver Hornemann Møller; The concept of inclusion/exclusion and the concept of work Rik van Berkel, Iver Hornemann Møller and Colin C. Williams; The concept of activation Rik van Berkel and Iver Hornemann Møller; The inclusive power of standard and non-standard work Marisol García and Jan de Schampheleire; Inclusion through participation? Active social policies in the EU and empirical observations from case studies into types of work Henning Hansen, Pedro Hespanha, Carlos Machado and Rik van Berkel; Patterns of exclusion/inclusion and people's strategies Iver Hornemann Møller and Pedro Hespanha; Entrepreneurial activation: the Spanish Capitalisation of Unemployment Benefits programme Aitor Gómez González; Orthodoxy and reflexivity in international comparative analysis Ben Valkenburg and Jens Lind; Activation policies as reflexive social policies Rik van Berkel and Maurice Roche.