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The Marketization of Employment ServicesThe Dilemmas of Europe's Work-first Welfare States$
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Ian Greer, Karen N. Breidahl, Matthias Knuth, and Flemming Larsen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198785446

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198785446.001.0001

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Employment Services

Employment Services

Three Marketization Stories

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The Marketization of Employment Services

Ian Greer

Karen Breidahl

Matthias Knuth

Flemming Larsen

Oxford University Press

Denmark, Germany, and Britain have marketized their employment services in different ways. This chapter introduces the tasks involved in moving jobless people into, or closer to, paid work (assessment, advice, training, job placement, and the organization of make-work schemes). In Denmark New Public Management and municipalization trends have combined to produce dramatic fluctuations in the volume of work and the rules of the market; marketization has proceeded in three waves since 2005. In Germany, there are diverse market segments reflecting the persistence of three different transaction modes in the wake of the Hartz reforms; marketization was implemented in 2002–5. In Britain, a series of privatization experiments led to the creation of a highly concentrated, centralized, and uncompetitive market, with several multinational firms managing the bulk of the market as Work Programme prime contractors; this market structure was created in 2008–11.

Keywords:   definition of employment services, Hartz reforms, Work Programme, municipalization, new public management, subsidiarity principle, British employment services, German employment services, Danish employment services, marketization

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