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Bringing the Jobless into Work?

Experiences with Activation Schemes in Europe and the US

  • Werner Eichhorst
  • Otto Kaufmann
  • Regina Konle-Seidl


  • Provides an overview of activating labor market strategies in selected European countries and the US

  • Shows most successful instruments in reaching reintegration into the labor market and social integration


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. W. Eichhorst, O. Kaufmann, R. Konle-Seidl, H. -J. Reinhard
    Pages 1-16
  3. W. Eichhorst, M. Grienberger-Zingerle, R. Konle-Seidl
    Pages 17-67
  4. F. Bertozzi, G. Bonoli, F. Ross
    Pages 121-159
  5. E. Sol, M. Sichert, H. van Lieshout, T. Koning
    Pages 161-220
  6. J. Kvist, L. Pedersen, P. A. Köhler
    Pages 221-256
  7. B. Quade, C. J. O’Leary, O. Dupper
    Pages 345-414
  8. R. Konle-Seidl, W. Eichhorst
    Pages 415-443
  9. H. -J. Reinhard, O. Kaufmann
    Pages 445-460
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 461-473

About this book


Over the last decade, many industrialized countries shifted from passive unemployment and welfare benefit regimes and traditional active labor market and social policies to activation strategies by making benefit receipt conditional upon accepting job offers or participation in active labor market schemes. But countries differ with regard to the design of activation instruments and their implementation, the definition of target groups and the effects of activation in the national labor market setting. This volume provides an up-to-date overview of activation strategies in unemployment benefit systems and social assistance in selected European countries and the US. A particular focus lies on the development of activation schemes, governance and implementation as well as on the outcomes of activation in terms of labor market and social integration. The volume is the first to address these issues both from a socio-economic and a legal perspective.


Activation Employment Labour Market Policies Policy Evaluation Social Policies Social Protection Systems integration labor market unemployment

Editors and affiliations

  • Werner Eichhorst
    • 1
  • Otto Kaufmann
    • 2
  • Regina Konle-Seidl
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)BonnGermany
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Foreign and International Social LawMünchenGermany
  3. 3.Institute for Employment Research (IAB)NürnbergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bringing the Jobless into Work?
  • Book Subtitle Experiences with Activation Schemes in Europe and the US
  • Editors Werner Eichhorst
    Otto Kaufmann
    Regina Konle-Seidl
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-77434-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-09607-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-77435-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 473
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Labor Economics
    Social Work
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


Aus den Rezensionen: “... Der Band schließt mit einer Bilanz, welche die Aktivierung als neues Element der Sozialpolitik der Staaten ansieht. Sie wird durch das Recht umfassend gefordert. Der Band gibt einen eindrucksvollen Einblick in eine komplexe Welt sozialer Reformen und analysiert die eingetroffenen Veränderungen überzeugend.“ (Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Eberhard Eichenhofer, in: ZESAR Zeitschrift für europäische Sozial- und Arbeitsrecht, 2009, Issue 5-6, S. 255) From the reviews: “Provides an overview of activation strategies in unemployment benefit systems and social assistance schemes in selected European countries and in the US. … The book provides a very good overview of different solutions, concepts and results of activation. It serves as valuable research tool and will be of great interest for scholars from social sciences, economics and law, as well as for those engaged in comparative studies.” (Stamatia Devetzi, European Journal of Social Security, Vol. 11 (3), 2009) “The book has a fairly standard format of an introduction, country specific chapters, and two summary style conclusions, one on evidence around activation and the other legal. … book has a novel legal angle, which will appeal to readers of this journal … it offers a description of emerging patterns of welfare reform that are fairly well documented elsewhere. … This book is especially for those who want the extra legal context that this book offers, which will include many readers of this journal.” (Paul Gregg, Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, Vol. 31 (1), 2009)