16. Working-age benefits and activation: Comparative perspectives on policies and outcomes
Conveners: Daniel Clegg, Werner Eichhorst
16.A. Political economy - reforms
Champion Cyrielle and Bonoli Giuliano ( Swiss Graduate School of Public
Institutional fragmentation and coordination initiatives in western European welfare states
Picot Georg ( University of Milan, IT)
Party Competition and Reforms of Unemployment Benefits in Italy and Germany
Tagliabue Mara and Angelo Paulli (Macros Research, IT)
Promoting Active Policies for Older Workers to Continue Working Longer
Van Gerven Minna ( University of Amsterdam, NL)
The hidden reform of the 'unmovable' objects: from workers' insurance provision to individualised 'work-in' benefits?
16.B. Activation and risks
Clasen Jochen and Smith Alison (University of Edinburgh, UK)
Regulating the risk of unemployment
Leschke Janine and Watt Andrew (European Trade Union Institute, BE)
Institutional features of labour markets and social security systems: how do they affect the labour market adjustment to economic downturns in different EU countries?
Fromm Sabine ( Soziologisches Forschungsinstitut Goettingen - SOFI , DE), Spross Cornelia (Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, DE)
Activation programmes for welfare recipients
Huebscher Evelyne ( European University Institute, IT)
A Nested Analysis of Government Partisanship and Labor Market
Policy-Making in Different Institutional Settings
Originally oriented mainly to the unemployed, activating approaches are increasingly being extended to all working-age recipients of social support, including the long-term sick, the disabled, early retirees, single-parents and other groups traditionally considered as economically inactive. This development is eroding the legal and administrative frontiers between different risk groups and benefit types, and even leading to proposals in some countries for an integrated (basic) benefit system for all working age people, albeit with treatment differentiated through recourse to within-caseload profiling techniques and/or individualised case-working.
This stream invites papers that explore the different ways in which the provision of transfers and services to working-age groups is being reconfigured in different national contexts, and the impacts of these reforms on social and labour market outcomes. Regarding the policy dimension, papers might consider the political, ideational and institutional factors that have shaped the reconfiguration of risk management for the working-age population as a whole, or for particular groups within the working-age population, in different national contexts over time. They might also consider how, how far, and with what effect the design and administration of activation policies is being adjusted to allow for an ever-broader and more heterogeneous target group. Closely related to this is the issue of how various activated groups fare in the labour market, in relation to the status, duration and quality of the jobs they take up, and more broadly of how reforms at the work-welfare interface are themselves driving the re-composition of employment and non-employment in developed economies.
The stream welcomes papers that employ either quantitative or qualitative methodologies, and particularly encourages contributions with an explicit cross-national comparative dimension.
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