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New governance and the case of activation policies: comparing experiences in Denmark and the Netherlands.

  This article explores the importance of new forms of governance in active labour market policies
(activation) in two countries: Denmark and the Netherlands. Drawing on research with key
stakeholders in these countries, we analyse how new governance, and particularly processes of
contracting-out and localization, have found expression in recent reforms to activation. We conclude
that localization and contracting-out may have a future role to play in the development of more
locally responsive and individually focused services. But both countries have encountered problems
in promoting joined-up services through local jobcentres, while contracting-out has not always led
to the tailored, individually focused services envisaged by policy-makers. In both countries, there are
also concerns that the restriction of the Public Employment Service to a ‘gatekeeping and signposting’
role will lead to inconsistencies in the quality of services, exposing the most disadvantaged to greater
social risk.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    30 September 2009

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Wiley

  • DOI:

    10.1111/j.1467-9515.2009.00673.x

  • Library of Congress:

    HD Industries. Land use. Labor

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    331 Labor economics

Citation

Lindsay, C. & McQuaid, R. W. (2009). New governance and the case of activation policies: comparing experiences in Denmark and the Netherlands. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9515.2009.00673.x

Keywords

Unemployment; Public employment service; Employability; De-monopolization; Denmark; The Netherlands;

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