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Activation or Workfare? Governance and the Neo-Liberal Convergence$
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Ivar Lodemel and Amilcar Moreira

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199773589

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773589.001.0001

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From Protection Toward Activation

From Protection Toward Activation

Reform of Social Assistance in the Czech Republic

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Activation or Workfare? Governance and the Neo-Liberal Convergence
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Tomáš Sirovátka

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773589.003.0010

The chapter analyses the transformation of the social assistance scheme in the Czech Republic within the context of labor market policies during 2000–2010. First, the key steps of the activation reform and recent reforms enacted as a reaction to the financial and economic crisis are depicted. Second, key factors that have influenced the reforms are examined; and, finally, the nature of the reform within the overall development of the Czech welfare state is assessed. While until 2008 a “soft activation” approach, which combined repressive and restitutive sanctions, had prevailed, since 2008 a more radical approach has been adopted, with repressive workfare requirements being introduced. More recently, and in line with this more radical approach, the Czech government decided to introduce cuts to both the benefits and the services targeted at minimum income recipients.

Keywords:   Czech Republic, activation, labor market policy, minimum income, sanctions, workfare

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