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The politics of in-work benefits: The case of the ‘active income of solidarity’ in France

Vlandas, T. (2013) The politics of in-work benefits: The case of the ‘active income of solidarity’ in France. French Politics, 11 (2). pp. 117-142. ISSN 1476-3427

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1057/fp.2013.6


In-work benefits have been introduced in a number of Bismarckian welfare regimes in a context of austerity despite being targeted at politically weak constituents and representing a deviation from prevailing welfare institutions. This article addresses this puzzle by looking at the introduction in 2008 of an in-work benefit scheme in France, the Active Income of Solidarity. The analysis reveals that this reform was the result of a cross-cutting alliance between the conservative party and employers, as well as parts of the socialist party and the union movement. The alliance was possible thanks to actors’ multiple interpretations of the reform. The reform was difficult to oppose given its support by experts and public opinion and because it entailed an increase in revenues for low-income workers.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Politics and International Relations
ID Code:34088
Uncontrolled Keywords:in-work benefits; France; labour market reform; Bismarckian welfare regimes; unions
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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