From the Manpower Revolution to the Activation Paradigm

Explaining Institutional Continuity and Change in an Integrating Europe

J. Timo Weishaupt

From the Manpower Revolution to the Activation Paradigm

J. Timo Weishaupt

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

394 pages | 6 3/10 x 9 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $59.95 ISBN: 9789089642523 Published July 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This illuminating book examines the origins and evolution of labor market policy in Western Europe in three phases: a manpower revolution during the 1960s and 1970s; a phase of international disagreement about the causes of and remedies for unemployment, which triggered a variety of policy responses in the late 1970s and 1980s; and, finally, the emergence of an activation paradigm in the late 1990s, the influence of which continues to reverberate today. J. Timo Weishaupt contends that the evolution of labor market policy is determined not only by historical trajectories or coalitional struggles, but also by policy makers’ changing normative and cognitive beliefs. Including case studies of Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, this study will be of value to anyone interested in labor market policy and its governance.


List of Boxes, Figures and Tables

I. Introduction
II. Theoretical Approach
Part I—Origin and Crisis of European Labour Market Policy Regimes
III. Origin of European Market Policy Regimes and the Manpower Revolution
IV. Labour Market Policy Regimes in Crisis: Divergence into Three Distinct Clusters
Part II—The Emergence of the Activation Paradigm
V. The OECD’s Repeated Reassessments and the EU as a Proliferator of New Ideas
VI. The Emergence of the Activation Paradigm: Analyzing Institutional Hybridisation
VII. Explaining Transformative Change in Two Crucial Cases
VIII. Conclusion

List of Interviews and Personal Conversations

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