The 2 years research project described in this application investigates the inclusion presumptions as well as the integrative impact of a range of social policies aimed at the inclusion of the unemploy3ed. It does this by confronting the views on and objectives of inclusion these policies embody with experiences of inclusion and exclusion of people participating in these policies. The project critically assesses the inclusion potentials of both paid and unpaid work - using a differentiated concept of work - for different social groups. It does this by:
- analyzing views on inclusion and exclusion underlying social integration policies;
- reviewing empirical research into experiences of inclusion and exclusion; - carrying out casestudies into experiences of inclusion and exclusion of different groups of people participating in different social policies stimulating participation in various kinds of work;
- making an international comparison (involving northern and southern European countries) between social policies and their impact.
The project will be executed by members of the SEDEC network which was established in 1993. Having exchanged and discussed theories of and research activities on inclusion, exclusion and citizenship in relation to social policies for several years, the partners of the network have been developing a common frame of reference which will facilitate carrying out this cross-national research project.
Apart from gaining insight into experiences of inclusion in relation to forms of participation as promoted by social policies, the project aims at generating policy recommendations of both EU and national relevance, regarding the 'inclusion potentials' of various forms of participation for various social groups. Although its main focus will be on the evaluation of the impact of social integration policies (subarea III.4) it will also contribute to knowledge on causes of social exclusion as well as on the relation between unemployment and exclusion (subarea III.2). Furthermore, it states reflection on methodological issues with respect to cross-national evaluations of social policies as one of its main objectives. Thus, the benefits of the project will be threefold: socio-political, theoretical and methodological.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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