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Contracting-out Welfare Services: Comparing National Policy Designs for Unemployment Assistance

Contracting-out Welfare Services: Comparing National Policy Designs for Unemployment Assistance

Siobhan O'Sullivan, Mark Considine

ISBN: 978-1-119-01646-5

Dec 2014, Wiley-Blackwell

184 pages

$27.99

Description

Contracting-out Welfare Services focuses on the design and overhaul of welfare-to-work systems around the world in the light of the radical re-design of the welfare system; internationally based authors utilise a national/program case study, considering employment services policy and activation practices.

  • International contributors bring a global comparative perspective to the subject
  • Contributors are all experts in their field, who also draw on a much longer intellectual legacy
  • Uses employment services as a case study to advance understanding in relation to a host of broader principles and concepts
  • Each paper included within the text uses a national/program case study, and each considers employment services policy in general, and activation practices in particular

List of Contributors vii

Introduction: Contracting]out Welfare Services: Comparing National Policy Designs for Unemployment Assistance 1
Mark Considine and Siobhan O’Sullivan

1 Local Worlds of Marketization – Employment Policies in Germany, Italy and the UK Compared 11
Katharina Zimmermann, Patrizia Aurich, Paolo R. Graziano and Vanesa Fuertes

2 Varieties of Market Competition in Public Employment Services – A Comparison of the Emergence and Evolution of the New System in Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium 33
Ludo Struyven

3 Governance, Boards of Directors and the Impact of Contracting on Not-for-profits Organizations – An Australian Study 55
Mark Considine, Siobhan O’Sullivan and Phuc Nguyen

4 Quasi-markets and the Delivery of Activation – A Frontline Perspective 75
Rik van Berkel

5 Conditionality and the Financing of Employment Services – Implications for the Social Divisions of Work and Welfare 91
Isabel Shutes and Rebecca Taylor

6 Support for All in the UK Work Programme? Differential Payments, Same Old Problem 109
James Rees, Adam Whitworth and Elle Carter

7 Broken Hierarchies, Quasi-markets and Supported Networks – A Governance Experiment in the Second Tier of Germany’s Public Employment Service 129
Matthias Knuth

8 The Public Accountability of Privatized Activation – The Case of Israel 151
Avishai Benish

Index 167