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Regulating the Risk of UnemploymentNational Adaptations to Post-Industrial Labour Markets in Europe$
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Jochen Clasen and Daniel Clegg

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199592296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592296.001.0001

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The Czech Republic: activation, diversification, and marginalization 1

The Czech Republic: activation, diversification, and marginalization 1

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Regulating the Risk of Unemployment

Tomáš Sirovátka

Ondřej Hora

Oxford University Press

Recent developments in the regulation of the risk of unemployment set the Czech Republic apart from many other European countries. There is evidence neither of a significant blurring of the boundaries between the risk of unemployment and other forms of working‐age benefit dependency, nor of any trends towards benefit homogenization. On the contrary, since the early 1990s, a process of growing diversification in benefit rights can be identified, alongside a growing and strong emphasis on activation, associated with cuts in benefit entitlements in social assistance. Three factors in particular have influenced developments in the regulation of unemployment in the Czech case: the timing of the market transformation process, political imperatives of blame avoidance in the context of that transformation, and fiscal constraints which have become more pressing during the recent economic crisis.

Keywords:   unemployment protection, the Czech Republic, policy development, activation, benefit rights

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