Shaping activation policy at the street level : Governing inactivity in youth employment services

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dc.contributor.author Haikkola, Lotta
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-19T12:48:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-19T12:48:01Z
dc.date.issued 2019-08
dc.identifier.citation Haikkola , L 2019 , ' Shaping activation policy at the street level : Governing inactivity in youth employment services ' , Acta Sociologica , vol. 62 , no. 3 , pp. 334-348 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0001699318784341
dc.identifier.other PURE: 126718985
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dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/308611
dc.description.abstract Activation policies form the core of employment policies in most OECD countries. They are part of 'active' welfare states and associated neoliberal forms of governance that seek to govern through freedom by producing self-governing and responsible subjectivities. Ethnographies of governmentalities have been used in the research reported in this article to examine if and how such subjectivities are put in practice in street-level encounters in local welfare delivery. Based on an ethnographic research of youth services in the Public Employment Services (PES) in Helsinki, Finland, it is shown that despite the policy focus on active citizenship the street-level practice entails not only liberal ideas of self-governing individuals but also authoritarian measures. What is governed in the meetings is not the young people's selves but their time and behaviour. In the process, the notion of active citizenship is emptied and transformed to mean participation in supervised activities offered by the PES. Such practice also reworks the temporal structures and creates insecure and eventful experience of time for PES clients. In contrast to governing through freedom, the localized interpretation of activation policies represents the authoritarian and paternalistic side of neoliberal governance. en
dc.format.extent 15
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Acta Sociologica
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dc.rights.uri info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Activation
dc.subject actually existing neoliberalism
dc.subject NEET
dc.subject unemployment
dc.subject workfare
dc.subject young people
dc.subject YOUNG-PEOPLE
dc.subject WELFARE
dc.subject UNEMPLOYMENT
dc.subject WORKFARE
dc.subject DENMARK
dc.subject FRANCE
dc.subject 5141 Sociology
dc.title Shaping activation policy at the street level : Governing inactivity in youth employment services en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
dc.contributor.organization Sociology
dc.contributor.organization Faculty of Social Sciences
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.1177/0001699318784341
dc.relation.issn 0001-6993
dc.rights.accesslevel openAccess
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