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By S. Betzelt, S. Bothfeld

This ebook analyzes in what approach activation regulations influence on given styles of social citizenship that predominate in nationwide contexts. It argues that the liberal paradigm of activation brought into labour marketplace rules in all Western eu states demanding situations the categorical styles of social citizenship in each one kingdom.

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In labour market politics, transparency assumes awareness and understanding of the applicable regulations, by all, by unemployed citizens as well as by front-line workers. Transparency is created, for example, through the sufficiently concrete formulation of the law. For example, in Denmark the minimum registration period prior to the beginning of the promotion phases is fixed so that the progress of the unemployment phase is calculable, benefit recipients in contact with the responsible authorities receive standard and systematic information about their rights and obligations, and unclear administrative regulations are eliminated, that is, implementation rules are made generally available.

On the contrary, we suggest focusing the nexus of work and welfare in a broader sense and include labour market regulation, active labour market policies and income maintenance schemes in the analysis (Bonoli, 2003).

Of course, the relationship between the state and the citizens is conceived as one of 26 Activation, Autonomy and Social Citizenship interdependence, which implies a mutual commitment on both sides. 6 The boundaries, however, between the state’s duty and the state’s right not to intervene, as well as the individual’s formal entitlements, her duty to contribute or right to resist public intervention are not universally fixed, but subject to political conflict and decision. Consequently, public intervention in social policy is never impartial or neutral but is systematically interconnected with an implicit moral assessment of social behaviour (Young, 1990).

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