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Inter-agency cooperation and activation in Europe - evidence from three 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:

    Conference Paper (unpublished)

  • Date:

    01 January 2006

  • Publication Status:


  • Library of Congress:

    HD Industries. Land use. Labor

  • Funders:

    Historic Funder (pre-Worktribe)


Lindsay, C., McQuaid, R., & Dutton, M. (2006, January). Inter-agency cooperation and activation in Europe - evidence from three states. Paper presented at Delni Aspen, Brussels



inter-agency co-operation; Denmark; Netherlands; United Kingdom; contracting-out; purchaser-provider relations; partnership-working; shared ownership

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