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The Europeanization of Social Investment: Towards the Activation of Older Workers

Bartels, Susann (2014) The Europeanization of Social Investment: Towards the Activation of Older Workers.

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Abstract:Against the background of population ageing and the projected labor and skills shortages that are a result of the changing age structures of European countries, this study aims to investigate which policy changes conservative-corporatist EU member states have implemented in their national labor market policies between 2000 and mid-2014 so as to increase the labor market participation of older workers, i.e. workers aged 50 to 64, and to what extent the chosen policy approaches differ between the case study countries. It is of special interest whether the chosen approaches resemble the instruments proposed by social investment. The study uses a multiple, longitudinal, most-similar case study design. Three individual case studies are conducted, with each tracing the policy changes in one of the selected conservative-corporatist member states of the EU, namely Austria, Belgium and Germany, between 2000 and mid-2014. From the analysis of the three case studies it can be concluded that Austria, Belgium and Germany have left their passive approach towards older workers behind and have introduced a significant number of policies inspired by the goals, principles and instruments of social investment.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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