Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no. 3 2008, page 24-38.
English resume

Institutional Control with Danish Labour Marked Administration

The Creation of the Job Centers

Peter Munk Christiansen og Michael Baggesen Klitgaard

As part of the amalgamation reform, effectuated in January 2007, the Liberal-Conservative government put forward a proposal of merging the existing two-tiered labour market administration into a unified system under local government purview. The government sponsored reform proposal would abolish a state controlled and corporatist regulated administration. Two months later the government made a political agreement on reforming the labour market administration but the initial proposal had been significantly changed in scope and character.

Except for 10 municipalities, in which the government could test its original ambition of a unified administration, the two-tiered system was, by and large, maintained. The purpose of this article is to explain why the Government proposal was modifi ed to this extent during the decision-making process. We conclude that the government failed in realizing its reform preferences because a strong coalition consisting of the Social democratic party and the labour market organizations gained access to the process. For various reasons this coalition had strong preferences in preserving a labour market administration controlled by the state.



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