At genindsætte mennesket i sin tabte værdighed: en analyse af den aktuelle beskæftigelsespolitik

Nygaard Markussen & Anna May

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis raises the question: Which discourse and what rationale is being reflected in the present employment policy? The thesis emphasizes on the initiatives towards the group of noninsured unemployed that have been implemented since 2001. According to the VK-government, which took over power in 2001, economic profit is decisive for the motivation to seek and maintain a job. The government specifically claims that some groups of non-insured unemployed lack economic incentives. As a consequence, the social security cash benefits for these groups (especially married couples and newly arrived immigrants) have been reduced during the last couple of years. This thesis originates from the questioning and wondering about the implementation of these tightened and restricted incentives. It is the objective of this project to demonstrate that there are well argued reasons to be critical and concerned about the governments use of economic incentives, in particular toward groups of non-insured unemployed, that are often affected by other problems beyond unemployment. Further, empiric researches indicate that it is not economic incentives that keep most unemployed from entering into employment. In order to understand why this strategy towards the unemployed is still being applied, the thesis focuses on the ideas and assumptions behind the current employment policy. The purpose is to place the employment policy in a relevant political–philosophical frame. Thus, the key theme of the thesis is analysing the relation between the current employment policy and the political– philosophical ideas behind it. The analysis focuses on classical philosophers as John Locke and Adam Smith and ideas from the Chicago School, Ayn Rand, Francis Fukuyama and the Danish prime minister; Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The concept of labour is being analysed by Max Webers’ thesis about the ethic of the Protestantism. The thesis concludes that the current employment policy it based on a neoliberal discourse and rationale; with both an economic and a political-ethical dimension. The economic dimension is oriented at “homo oeconomicus; scientific objectivity and economic effectiveness meanwhile the political dimension takes the shape as a formation project with focus on the individual responsibility and where the objective is to restore the human being in its lost dignity.

UddannelserSocialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 sep. 2007
VejledereSøren Juul