Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 2 2005, page 9-26.
The involvement of ‘other actors’ in employment policy
Thomas Bredgaard, Flemming Larsen og Lars Rune Møller
The involvement of so-called “other actors” in Danish employment policy since 2003 is one of the most important innovations in the labour market reform More at work (Flere i arbejde). The idea behind involving “other actors” in Danish labour market policy is to contract-out the Public Employment Service (PES), which makes the reform comparable to similar reforms in Australia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Contracting out the PES has major implications for the steering, organisation, implementation and effects of labour market policy, as the article tries to demonstrate. The authors do so by making a ‘quasi-market’ analysis of the Danish ‘quasi-market’ for employment services. They point out a number of the problems and challenges in relation to labour market policy created by the quasi-market. These problems and challenges seem more fundamental than simple start-up difficulties (or ‘teething problems’) referred to in Danish public debate.