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New Modes of Governance in Active Welfare States in Europe

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The proposed paper will analyse the introduction of new modes of governance in European active welfare states. It will identify various elements of these new modes of governance, showing that there are common as well as diversified tendencies in how these new modes of governance take shape in Europe:
- New balances between centralised and decentralised policy making and policy implementation;
- The introduction of market mechanisms in the provision of activation or reintegration services;
- Forms of co-operation and coordination between public sector organisations involved in providing income protection and activation to unemployed people;
- The introduction of new public management strategies in managing public sector organisations;
- And shifts in the roles and responsibilities of social partners in managing social security and employment services.

Of course, these governance reforms in the policy domains of social security and activation cannot be analysed independent of governance reforms taking place in the entire public sector. Nevertheless, the paper will argue that welfare state transformation processes and the increasing emphasis on activation, have created their own urgencies to reconsider modes of governance in the policy domains of social security and activation. In addition, it will be argued that these governance reforms are not merely 'technical' and 'politically neutral' reforms, but that they do have an impact on the ways in which unemployed people are treated, serviced and 'governed' in active welfare states.

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Name: Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies
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http://www.ces.columbia.edu


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van Berkel, Rik. "New Modes of Governance in Active Welfare States in Europe" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399524_index.html>

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van Berkel, R. "New Modes of Governance in Active Welfare States in Europe" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Seventeenth International Conference of the Council for European Studies, Grand Plaza, Montreal, Canada Online <PDF>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p399524_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: The proposed paper will analyse the introduction of new modes of governance in European active welfare states. It will identify various elements of these new modes of governance, showing that there are common as well as diversified tendencies in how these new modes of governance take shape in Europe:
- New balances between centralised and decentralised policy making and policy implementation;
- The introduction of market mechanisms in the provision of activation or reintegration services;
- Forms of co-operation and coordination between public sector organisations involved in providing income protection and activation to unemployed people;
- The introduction of new public management strategies in managing public sector organisations;
- And shifts in the roles and responsibilities of social partners in managing social security and employment services.

Of course, these governance reforms in the policy domains of social security and activation cannot be analysed independent of governance reforms taking place in the entire public sector. Nevertheless, the paper will argue that welfare state transformation processes and the increasing emphasis on activation, have created their own urgencies to reconsider modes of governance in the policy domains of social security and activation. In addition, it will be argued that these governance reforms are not merely 'technical' and 'politically neutral' reforms, but that they do have an impact on the ways in which unemployed people are treated, serviced and 'governed' in active welfare states.


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