Nordic reforms to improve the labour market participation of vulnerable youth: An effective new approach?
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Original versionHalvorsen R, Hvinden B. Nordic reforms to improve the labour market participation of vulnerable youth: An effective new approach?. International Social Security Review. 2014;67(2):29-47 http://doi.org/10.1111/issr.12037
This article asks how the legitimacy (recognition or misrecognition) of “ethnicity” and “disability” influences public policies to promote the inclusion of young adults in the Nordic labour markets. The article assesses the case for seeing misrecognition and lack of accommodation as significant factors behind troubled transitions from school to work, and the case for regarding social regulation (or self-regulation) as important ways of preventing, counteracting and correcting exclusionary factors in the transition from school to work among the two groups. The article argues that increased attention at the implementation stage of the policy process is necessary to be able to assess whether seemingly novel or innovative regulatory policies and measures actually enhance equal opportunities.