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Spanish Sociedades Laborales—Activating the Unemployed

A Potential New EU Active Labour Market Policy Instrument

  • Jens Lowitzsch
  • Sophie Dunsch
  • Iraj Hashi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Jens Lowitzsch, Sophie Dunsch, Iraj Hashi
    Pages 1-7
  3. Jens Lowitzsch, Sophie Dunsch, Iraj Hashi
    Pages 9-19
  4. Jens Lowitzsch, Sophie Dunsch, Iraj Hashi
    Pages 21-40
  5. Jens Lowitzsch, Sophie Dunsch, Iraj Hashi
    Pages 41-71
  6. Jens Lowitzsch, Sophie Dunsch, Iraj Hashi
    Pages 73-92
  7. Jens Lowitzsch, Sophie Dunsch, Iraj Hashi
    Pages 93-101
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 103-129

About this book

Introduction

This book investigates the potential of the Spanish Sociedades Laborales (SLs) as an instrument of active labour market policy for re-turning the unemployed to the labour market. SLs are  mostly small and micro enterprises and a qualified form of the conventional corporation, majority-owned by their permanent employees. Unemployed persons can capitalise their unemployment benefits as a lump sum to start a new SL or to recapitalise an existing SL by joining it. This makes SLs similar to start-up subsidies for the unemployed, an established instrument of active labour market policy across the EU. This book examines the function and success of existing SLs and explores the transferability of the scheme to other EU Member States.

It tackles two widely discussed policy issues at both the EU level as well as the national level: firstly, the reactivation of the unemployed into work, and secondly the encouragement of employee co-ownership in the context of the economic reform agenda, in particular with regard to corporate governance, regional economic stimuli and distributive justice. 

Keywords

small enterprises micro enterprises unemployment job creation Spain EU

Authors and affiliations

  • Jens Lowitzsch
    • 1
  • Sophie Dunsch
    • 2
  • Iraj Hashi
    • 3
  1. 1.Europa Universität ViadrinaFrankfurt (Oder)Germany
  2. 2.Europa Universität ViadrinaFrankfurt (Oder)Germany
  3. 3.School of Business, Leadership and EconomicsStaffordshire UniversityStoke on TrentUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54870-8
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-54869-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-54870-8
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