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Welfare states in Europe are involved in reform
processes, of which the development of so-called 'active
welfare states' is an important aspect. Existing
welfare state arrangements are being reformed and new ones introduced,
reflecting a shift in the main objectives of these arrangements:
from citizens’ protection to citizens’ participation. Policy developments
at European Union level have a clear impact on these reforms. The
European Employment Strategy as well as the Open Coordination Method
on Social Inclusion are examples of European Union policy interventions
that stimulate and coordinate the development of active welfare
states EU wide.
The introduction of so-called 'active
social policies' or 'activation
programmes' is an important ingredient of attempts
to make welfare states more active and activating. These policies
and programmes are targeted at unemployed, marginalised and excluded
groups in society. Most of them aim at integrating these groups
in the labour market and improving their employability. Some policies
and programmes aim at integration, social inclusion and participation
in a wider sense than paid jobs only. By now, a large variety of
policies and programmes have been developed: counselling, job mediation,
training and education, stimulating self employment, subsidized
jobs, social economy projects, voluntary and community work, etcetera.
Furthermore, approaches to processes of activation and integration
differ, ranging from top-down, strictly obligatory workfare approaches
to bottom-up, client centred methods of activation. Finally, the
activation of unemployed and excluded people goes hand in hand with
processes of 'institutional activation'.
This site pays attention to these developments.
Its aim is to be an interactive platform for information
on active social policies in Europe. The site will provide:
- a database of books, articles, research reports and other publications
of national or international interest;
- a database of ongoing research projects of national or international
- a database of researchers in the area of active social policies;
- information on courses relevant for students interested in Active Social Policies;
- a database of policy programmes and policy developments;
- links to relevant institutions and organisations;
- announcements of conferences, workshops, new publications;
- a discussion list;
- an opportunity to contribute to the content of the site.
The target group of the site are all those
who are interested in active social policies: researchers, policy
makers, practitioners, organisations and institutions involved in
the development and delivery of activation programmes, policy clients
and their representatives, etcetera.
The main language of the site is English.
However, information can be sent and published in your own language
(if not English), in English, and in both languages.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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