"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 today. This book identifies 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 does not focus on 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."--Bloomsbury Publishing.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-172) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
The research question Activation in Europe Foundations of activation : labour and social benefits Self-responsibility Social administration bound by statute or by contract? Sanctions in case of a failure to cooperate The level of the benefits in the activating welfare state Conclusion : the activating welfare state and the law.