Wohlfahrtsstaatlicher Wandel zwischen „Arbeitszwang“ und „Befähigung“

Dingeldey, Irene
April 2007
Berliner Journal für Soziologie;2007, Vol. 17 Issue 2, p189
Academic Journal
The concepts of "workfare", an "enabling" or a "social investment state", respectively of an "activating welfare state", share the idea of a paradigm shift of welfare state policies resetting the classic tension between decommodification and (re-)commodification. In this article, a comparative analysis of activating labor market policies in Denmark, Germany and the UK is giving evidence that in all countries recommodification has become a major goal, put into practice by both an increase of workfare and enabling policies. Different reform paths, however, can be identified as the emphasis on enforcing and enabling instruments as well as the particular mix of the instruments varies due to the country-specific background. Hence, the difference of reform policies is supposed to lead to a path dependent implementation of the paradigm shift of welfare state policies.


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