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Comparing workfare regimes: similarities, differences, and exceptions

Comparing workfare regimes: similarities, differences, and exceptions

Greer, Ian and Symon, Graham (2014) Comparing workfare regimes: similarities, differences, and exceptions. [Working Paper]

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This paper examines the spread of punitive welfare reforms aimed at enforcing work and discouraging unemployment, what we call ‘workfarism’. While comparative institutionalist theories predict that these policies should be confined to countries with ‘liberal’ political economies such as the US and UK, elements of workfarism have appeared in other countries with more generous welfare states, including Germany. Drawing on secondary literature and our field research, we describe and compare workfarist policy shifts in Germany, Great Britain, and France. Our comparison highlights two important but neglected factors: the use of markets in public administration and the central power of the state.

Item Type: Working Paper
Uncontrolled Keywords: welfare reform, labour markets, marketisation, comparative political economy, comparative welfare states, workfare
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Work & Employment Research Unit (WERU)
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Work & Employment Research Unit (WERU)
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