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The Law of the Activating Welfare State

Edited by: Eberhard Eichenhofer

ISBN13: 9781509900244
Published: July 2015
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £35.00



The most profound reform of social policy in Germany during the last decade was the labour market reforms 2003/4. It was initiated by a reform commission chaired by Peter Hartz (Volkswagen) and its motifs and results are still controversial till today.

This book tries to identify these reforms by illustrating the international and European context. It unveils parallel developments in the Netherlands, Denmark, the United Kingdom and France, and shows to which extent the German reform had been driven and enhanced by the European Employment Strategy.

The study is not focusing the details of the reform but its new elements: case, management, conditional social benefits, obligations to cooperate and sanctions. It shows that its leitmotif is not neoliberal but communitarian.

Subjects:
European Jurisdictions, Germany
Contents:
I. The research question
II. Activation in Europe
III. Foundations of activation - labour and social benefits
IV. Self-responsibility
V. Social administration bound by statute or by contract?
VI. Sanctions in case of a failure to cooperate
VII. The level of the benefits in the activating welfare state
VIII. Conclusion - the activating welfare state and the law