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"A rising workfare state? Unemployment benefit conditionality in 21 OECD countries, 1980–2012"
BIGSSS Postdoctoral Fellow Carlo Michael Knotz published a new article on "A rising workfare state? Unemployment benefit conditionality in 21 OECD countries, 1980–2012" in the Journal of International and Comparative Social Policy .
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Over the last decades, governments in the advanced democracies have put greater pressure on the unemployed to seek and accept employment. This development has been pointed out in much prior research, yet relatively little is known about the exact changes that have been introduced. This paper fills this gap. It draws on a novel time-series cross-section dataset on the strictness of unemployment benefit conditions and sanctions in 21 democracies between 1980 and 2012, and shows in which aspects these rules have become stricter – and in which not. The paper confirms that there has been a general trend toward tighter conditions and sanctions, but adds some important qualifications: Many rules and provisions have also been adapted in response to the emergence of new social risks and there is also a noticeable trend toward more clearly defined and precise rules. Based on these findings, new causal hypotheses are suggested.