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The impact of activating labor market policies on labor market orientations and institutions

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Booth, Melanie; Scherschel, Karin

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Corporate Editor Universität Jena, Fak. für Sozial- und Verhaltenswissenschaften, Institut für Soziologie Lehrstuhl für Arbeits-, Industrie- und Wirtschaftssoziologie
Abstract "The contribution focuses on the institutional implementation and the individual consequences of activation programs in Germany (often referred to as 'Hartz' reforms) implemented between 2003 and 2005. The new labor market policy is a highly contested topic. The ongoing protest against this policy promotes speculations for further reformations. We approach the topic from the subjective perspective of the job seekers as well as the institutional side. On the basis of regional case studies developed from interviews with different regional experts of labor market policies we conducted a qualitative longitudinal survey of the group targeted by the most recent labor market reforms. We put a particular emphasis on the interrelation between unemployed persons' labor market orientations as well as their strategies of dealing with their position in the labor market, and the 'rights and responsibilities' they are given by the new labor market regulations. We can show that the new activation program doesn't reflect the different types of unemployed people. Instead its standardised procedures show lots of unintended effects such as stigmatisation and social exclusion." (author's abstract)
Keywords activating labor market policy; Hartz-Reform; labor market; reform; unemployed person; stigmatization; exclusion; work orientation; precariousness; unemployment; Federal Republic of Germany
Classification Labor Market Policy
Method empirical; qualitative empirical; quantitative empirical
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
City Jena
Page/Pages 20 p.
Series Working Papers: Economic Sociology Jena, 9/2010
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
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