Integrating Social and Employment Policies in Europe


Integrating Social and Employment Policies in Europe

Active Inclusion and Challenges for Local Welfare Governance

9781783474912 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Martin Heidenreich and Deborah Rice, University of Oldenburg, Germany
Publication Date: March 2016 ISBN: 978 1 78347 491 2 Extent: 328 pp
A central goal of European activation policies is to integrate social and employment policies into a coherent active inclusion approach that fosters social cohesion and enhances the employment chances of vulnerable groups. This requires a reorganisation of social and employment services especially at the local level. On the basis of empirical studies of six European welfare states, this book explores how different institutional contexts influence localised service delivery and how local actors deal with the associated coordination challenges.

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A central goal of European activation policies is to provide coherent and actively inclusive employment and social services. This book offers new insights on the effective governance and implementation of such policies.

Utilizing empirical studies from six European welfare states, expert contributors explore how different institutional contexts influence localized service delivery and how local authorities deal with the associated coordination challenges. Acknowledging that neither decentralization nor provider networks necessarily prevent fragmented service provision, Martin Heidenreich and Deborah Rice illustrate that an understanding of the European budgetary context, as well as individual network brokerage, is vital for a successful integration of employment and social policies at the local level.

Timely and engaging, this innovative book will provide new theoretical perspectives and invaluable empirical materials for academics and students in the field of comparative social policy. Policy makers and officials will also appreciate the editors’ practical approach.
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‘Though the importance for social outcomes of improved local coordination of social and employment policies is widely acknowledged, it has to date been the object of only limited research in comparative welfare state studies. Based on detailed and systematic empirical research in 18 localities across six European countries, this innovative volume begins to redress this imbalance. The novel insights it offers into the complex determinants of effective policy coordination in contrasting national and local contexts will be of great interest to scholars and policy makers alike.’
– Daniel Clegg, The University of Edinburgh, UK

‘This edited volume, based on internationally comparative research, provides a valuable contribution to the growing body of academic literature on the local governance of social and employment policies. Through national case study as well as comparative chapters, the book takes up the challenging task of investigating the complex processes of coordinating various politico-administrative levels, a variety of private and public actors, and diverse policy fields, focusing specifically on how these processes take shape at the local level.’
– Rik van Berkel, Utrecht School of Governance, the Netherlands

‘Activation has been the latest leit motiv of labour market policies since the Nineties. Activation measures require extensive coordination across levels of government, service providers and administrative agencies operating in different sectors. This volume provides an excellent empirical analysis of six European countries, highlighting the light and shadows of real-world activation experiences at the local level. The authors provide precious insights not only for welfare state scholars, but also for policy makers faced with the challenge of modernizing work and welfare through a more effective governance.’
– Maurizio Ferrera, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
Contributors: P. Aurich-Beerheide, M. Bassoli, T. Berthet, C. Bourgeois, S.L. Catalano, V. Fuertes, C. Garsten, P.R. Graziano, M. Heidenreich, K. Hollertz, K. Jacobsson, S. Mandes, R. McQuaid, D. Rice, K. Sztandar-Sztanderska, K. Tourné Languin, K. Zimmermann


1. Introduction
Martin Heidenreich and Deborah Rice

2. Integrating Social and Employment Policies at the Local Level: Conceptual and Empirical Challenges
Martin Heidenreich and Deborah Rice

3. Integrated and Individualized Services: Paradoxes in the Implementation of Labour Market Policies in Sweden
Katarina Hollertz

4. Activation Policy in a Fragmented Welfare System: The Case of Poland
Slawomir Mandes

5. Personalized Activation Policies for the Long-Term Unemployed: The Role of Local Governance in the UK
Vanesa Fuertes and Ronald McQuaid

6. The Local Governance of Social Inclusion Policies in Italy: Working Via ‘Organ Pipes’
Serida L. Catalano, Paolo R. Graziano and Matteo Bassoli

7. Challenges of Delivering Cross-Sectorial Employment Policies in France
Thierry Berthet, Clara Bourgeois and Karine Tourné Languin

8. Organisational Barriers to Service Integration in One-Stop-Shops: The Case of Germany
Katharina Zimmermann and Deborah Rice

9. The Local Usages of Europe in Social Cohesion Policies: A Comparative Analysis
Serida L. Catalano and Paolo R. Graziano

10. The National Governance of Integrated Activation Policies in Europe
Thierry Berthet and Clara Bourgeois

11. Local Worlds of Coordinated Activation Policy
Katharina Zimmerman, Vanesa Fuertes and Patrizia Aurich-Beerheide

12. Negotiating Social Citizenship at the Street-Level: Local Activation Policies and Individualization in Sweden and Poland
Christina Garsten, Kerstin Jacobsson and Karolina Sztandar-Sztanderska


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