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HESPANHA, Pedro and MATOS, Ana Raquel. Compulsion to work or emancipation through work? Contribution to a debate on active employment policies. Sociologias [online]. 2000, n.4, pp. 88-108. ISSN 1517-4522. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-45222000000200005.
In Portugal, the mandatory availability of unemployed workers to accept a "convenient" job was created in 1985, but only from 1989 onwards it has given rise to a clearer policy of activating workers on workfare. More recently, from 1996 on, the Rendimento Mínimo Garantido (Minimum Guaranteed Earnings) has forced the beneficiaries to be available to take a job or a professional training activity.
Keywords : activation; job policies; unemployment; workfare.