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Inter-agency cooperation in activation: comparing experiences in three vanguard "active" welfare states.

  New forms of inter-agency co-operation have gained increasing prominence in the
development and delivery of activation strategies. This article compares different models
of inter-agency co-operation, drawing on case study research in Denmark, the Netherlands
and the UK. The different models have reported variations in performance when delivering
on the key benefits often attributed to effective inter-agency co-operation. The article
raises concerns that the process of contracting-out in activation has at times conflicted
with attempts to improve co-operation between agencies, while the increasing dominance
of purchaser–provider relations can undermine progress towards ‘shared ownership’ of
activation policies and effective partnership-working

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    30 November 2007

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Cambridge University Press

  • DOI:

    10.1017/S1474746408004326

  • ISSN:

    1474-7464

  • Library of Congress:

    HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    360 Social problems & social services

Citation

Lindsay, C. & McQuaid, R. W. (2007). Inter-agency cooperation in activation: comparing experiences in three vanguard "active" welfare states. Social Policy and Society. 7, 353-365. doi:10.1017/S1474746408004326. ISSN 1474-7464

Keywords

Inter-agency cooperation; welfare states; activation strategies; Denmark; Netherlands; United Kingdom; contracting-out; purchaser-provider relations;

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