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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 Legitimacy to Effectiveness

From Legitimacy to Effectiveness

Developments in Activation in the Netherlands

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(p.143) 6 From Legitimacy to Effectiveness
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Activation or Workfare? Governance and the Neo-Liberal Convergence
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Henk Spies

Nico van de Vrie

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773589.003.0006

The chapter shows that the key focus of reforms was on how services were delivered - the “how” and “who” questions. Reforms include the deregulation and simplification of legal frameworks, the decentralization of responsibilities accompanied by the introduction of budgetary incentives to municipalities, and the privatization of activation services. Local authorities have used their competences to strengthen the focus on work (the aim of previous reforms) and to take coordinated steps toward integrated services and cooperation between organizations. The effects of the crisis in the economy have, however, triggered a sharp turn in activation policy, with the Dutch government deciding (in 2010) to cut 50% of the funding going toward activation of insured and uninsured welfare recipients—with a further cut planned for 2015.

Keywords:   Netherlands, WWB, activation, privatization, decentralization, coordination, Work First, municipality

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