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The political economy of active labour market policy


Bonoli, Giuliano


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Körperschaftlicher Herausgeber University of Edinburgh, Publication and Dissemination Centre (PUDISCwowe)
Abstract Active labour market policies have developed significantly over the last two decades across OECD countries, with substantial cross-national differences in terms of both extent and overall orientation. The objective of this paper is to account for cross-national variation in this policy field. It starts by reviewing existing scholarship concerning political, institutional and ideational determinants of ALMPs. It then argues that ALMPs is too broad a category to be used analytically, and develops a typology of four different types of ALMPs: incentive reinforcement, employment assistance, occupation, and human capital investment. These are discussed and examined through ALMP expenditure profiles in selected countries. The paper uses this typology to analyse active labour market policy trajectories in six western European countries, and shows that the role of this instrument changes dramatically over time. It concludes that there is little regularity in the political determinants of ALMPs. In contrast, it finds important institutional and ideational effects, the latter in the most recent phase in particular.
Thesaurusschlagwörter labor market policy; international comparison; Western Europe; unemployment; political factors; institutional factors
Klassifikation Arbeitsmarktpolitik
Freie Schlagwörter active labour market policies; ALMP; unemployment policy
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2010
Erscheinungsort Edinburgh
Seitenangabe 28 S.
Schriftenreihe Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe, REC-WP 01/2010
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet
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