A rising workfare state? Unemployment benefit conditionality in 21 OECD countries, 1980–2012

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serval:BIB_2701F88CF16D
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Title
A rising workfare state? Unemployment benefit conditionality in 21 OECD countries, 1980–2012
Journal
Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy
Author(s)
Knotz Carlo Michael
ISSN
2169-9763
2169-978X
Publication state
Published
Issued date
07/05/2018
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
34
Number
2
Pages
91-108
Language
english
Abstract
Over the last decades, governments in the advanced democracies have put greater pressure on the unemployed to seek and accept employment. This development has been pointed out in much prior research, yet relatively little is known about the exact changes that have been introduced. This paper fills this gap. It draws on a novel time-series cross-section dataset on the strictness of unemployment benefit conditions and sanctions in 21 democracies between 1980 and 2012, and shows in which aspects these rules have become stricter – and in which not. The paper confirms that there has been a general trend toward tighter conditions and sanctions, but adds some important qualifications: Many rules and provisions have also been adapted in response to the emergence of new social risks and there is also a noticeable trend toward more clearly defined and precise rules. Based on these findings, new causal hypotheses are suggested.
Keywords
Unemployment benefits, conditionality, activation, workfare, new social risks, comparative analysis
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