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The private consequences of public policies: active labor market policies and social ties in Europe

Anderson, Christopher J. ORCID: 0000-0003-3198-4172 (2009) The private consequences of public policies: active labor market policies and social ties in Europe. European Political Science Review, 1 (3). 341 - 373. ISSN 1755-7739

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S1755773909990130


Though comparative political economists have examined active labor market policies (ALMPs) by focusing narrowly on how they affect economic outcomes, this paper develops and argues for a broadened conception of how such policies can shape a variety of outcomes beyond the labor market. In particular, I argue that ALMPs have the potential to shape the quality of people's private lives by enhancing their opportunities and motives to interact with social others. Analyses of data collected in 17 European countries show that individuals in countries with higher spending on ALMPs report more frequent social interactions and a reduced sense of social exclusion. Moreover, I find that the positive influence of labor market policies on social ties is stronger among individuals whose labor market position is more precarious. The results suggest that public policies have important and multifaceted consequences for people's private lives and countries’ patterns of social cohesion.

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Additional Information: © 2009 European Consortium for Political Research
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2019 14:00
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2024 16:24

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