Employment policies and multilevel governance

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Series Details No.71
Publication Date 2009
ISBN 978-90-411-2866-9
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In Europe, work has long been a symbol of full citizenship and today work is a fundamental goal of European social policy. However, although every person has the ‘right’ to work, it is becoming clearer all the time that unemployment is not due merely to a lack of encouragement to exercise this right, but (at least in part) to some deeper defects in the implementation of effective employment policies.

As a contribution to defining the nature of these problems this collection of essays targets the phenomena of multilevel governance, both vertical (European, national, regional, local) and horizontal (administrative institutions, trade unions, business representatives, NGOs), showing how coordination or conflict between the various levels advances, or fails to advance, the goals of employment policy.

Regarding the EU, five EU Member States are examined – plus, for comparative analysis, the parallel Canadian federal model – with the authors addressing such concrete issues as:
- the impact of globalisation and Europeanisation on employment policies
- distribution of tasks in the Open Method of Coordination (OMC)
- involvement of private and economic agents
- the increasing significance of international political agents
- flexicurity as an employment strategy
- the difficulty of integrating the excluded
- coordination with education and fiscal policies
- social inclusion from the point of view of international human rights
- gender ‘mainstreaming’ as a weakening of the EU guarantee of gender equality.

1. The Impact of Globalization on Employment and Social Inclusion Policies: Experiences and Proposals in Individual European Countries - J.M. Servais

2. Looking at the EES in Search of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of National Employment Policies and Social Protection Systems - J.P. Landa Zapirain & E. Terradillos Ormaetxea

3. EES and European Social Inclusion Policy: Employment as a Means of Social Inclusion in an International Human Rights Perspective - A. Fernández & N. Pumar

4. The OMC as Decentralization of Regulations and Case Law: A Gender Mainstreaming Perspective - J. López López

5. The Reform of the Labour Market and of the Social Benefits for Unemployment in Germany - M. Fuchs

6. The Reform of the Public Employment Service in France: Modernization and New Governance Issues - P. Auvergnon & P. Martin

7. Vocational Education Policies in the Process of Multilevel Governance: A French Perspective - T. Berthet & P. Iriart

8. Facts and Limits of the Regionalization of Social and Employment Policies in Italy - G. Ricci

9. Centralization and Decentralization within the Spanish Model of Social Federalism: The Examples of Social Assistance and Employment Policies - A. Baylos, J. Cabeza & M.J. Romero

10. The Jobseeker’s Allowance: A British Perspective on Job Activation - J. Carby-Hall

11. Who Governs Labour Market Policy in Canada? - B. Langille

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