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Semester 1

Labour Market Policy in Europe (SCPL10028)


Social Policy





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Visiting students should have passed at least 3 Social Policy or closely related courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

Labour market policies have become an increasingly important area of social policy activity in European welfare states in recent decades, and have also become a key area of policy intervention and coordination by the European Union. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the policy instruments and strategies that are deployed across Europe to protect particular working-age individuals from economic risks while simultaneously underpinning the efficient functioning of the labour market. Policies covered in the course include classic labour market interventions such as employment protection regulations, unemployment benefits and active labour market policies, as well as newer instruments of labour market policy, such as in-work benefits or negative income taxes and reforms to public employment services. The course will focus in particular on the systematic comparison of policies across the member states of the European Union, the costs and benefits of alternative policy approaches and mixes, and the socio-economic and political drivers of labour market policy stability and change in Europe.

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Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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