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Jorgen Goul Andersen, Anne-Marie Guillemard, Per H. Jensen, and Birgit Pfau-Effinger

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345929

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.001.0001

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The active society and activation policy: ideologies, contexts and effects

The active society and activation policy: ideologies, contexts and effects

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(p.135) Eight The active society and activation policy: ideologies, contexts and effects
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The changing face of welfare
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Jørgen Elm Larsen

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345929.003.0008

This chapter focuses on the role of activation policy in the active society, and especially on the employment and social integration effects of the Danish active line in labour-market and social policy. First, it examines the concepts of the active society and activation. Second, the chapter shows how the idea of the active society and activation is put into practice in different ways depending on particular ideological and institutional settings. Third, it takes a closer look at the Danish active line, which has been promoted as ‘best practice’ since the 1990s by the OECD and EU Commission in the field of labour-market and social policy. Fourth, the chapter investigates the employment and social-integration effects of the Danish active line. Finally, some of the most important lessons from the Danish case are highlighted.

Keywords:   activation policy, employment, social integration, social policy, Danish active line

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