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The Marketization of Employment Services: The Dilemmas of Europe's Work-first Welfare States

Ian Greer, Karen N. Breidahl, Matthias Knuth, and Flemming Larsen


This book examines the marketization of employment services and its consequences in Denmark, Great Britain, and Germany. What concretely does marketization mean in practice? What are its effects on the services and their governance? How does marketization and its effects map against the main ‘regime types’ found in comparative social science? These questions are answered using more than 100 qualitative interviews with policymakers, managers, and front-line workers. The qualitative material in the book shows how transactions are structured by the public authorities that fund the services and ho ... More

Keywords: Marketization, employment services, work-first welfare states, public funding, transactions, international comparison, employment services providers, front-line workers, service quality, dilemmas, insourcing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198785446
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198785446.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian Greer, author
Senior research Associate, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations

Karen N. Breidahl, author
Assistant Professor, Aalborg University

Matthias Knuth, author
Research Fellow, Institute for Work, Skills and Training,, University of Duisburg-Essen