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New European approaches to long term unemployment

Germana Di Domenico og Silvia Spattini

Kluwer Law International 2008. 280 s.
Bogomtale fra forlaget.

A number of studies have shown that long-term unemployment is not only personally damaging in loss of immediate earnings, but that it also severely affects future employment prospects. One study showed that a spell of one month, on average, permanently reduces earnings by 1%, a spell of six months by 5%, and a spell of one year by 11%. As a result of alarming figures such as these, several leading European employment experts have begun to focus research pertaining to the overall European Employment Strategy on developing measures designed to address the special issues of long-term unemployment.

This ground-breaking book presents incisive studies by sixteen leading academics, labour policymakers, employment services professionals, and employment researchers from Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Belgium, and Poland. Among the relevant factors investigated are the following:

• early identification of unemployment;

• active individualised contacts by employment services;

• improvement of public employment services processes;

• partnership between public and private employment services; and

• cooperation between employment services and unemployment benefit organisations.

The articles provide an excellent overview of employment services experience throughout the EU, and demonstrate that careful application of active labour market measures can produce positive results in combating long-term unemployment. Notable for its emphasis on the proven power of cooperation among various stakeholders in reducing unemployment, New European Approaches to Long-Term Unemployment will be a welcome resource for employment services both public and private, other public labour and employment organisations, and employers, as well as to academics, lawyers, and other interested professionals.

Preface; J. ten Geuzendam. Acknowledgements. Notes on Contributors. Introduction; G. Di Domenico, S. Spattini.

Part I. Policy Interventions and New Managerial Techniques for Tackling Long-Term Unemployment by Public Employment Services. 1. Policies against Long-Term Unemployment in the Enlarged Europe; M. Makovec. 2. The Capacity of Active Labour Market Policies to Combat European Unemployment; J. Kluve. 3. The Use of Statistical Profiling for Targeting Employment Services: The International Experience; C. Hasluck. 4. Governance and Labour Market Policy Models in Europe: A General Overview with a Survey of Public Employment Services; G. Di Domenico, C. Gasparini. 5. Performance Management and Measurement Techniques as New Challenges for European Employment Services; G. Di Domenico, M. Meneguzzo. 6. Service Management and Personnel Behaviour in Employment Services: Some Remarks about Approaches to Service Quality in European Countries; P.G. Bresciani.

Part II. National Experiences of Public Employment Services. 7. National Approaches to the Long-Term Unemployed as a Target Addressed by Public Employment Services: General Framework, Case Studies and Significant European Experiences; G. Di Domenico, C. Gasparini. 8. The Jobcentre Plus Business and Customer Strategy Team in the United Kingdom; E. Davern. 9. The Operational Use of Evaluation Results in the Restructured German Public Employment Services; R. Konle-Seidl, T. Schewe. 10. Finnish Public Employment Service Reform: The Network Model; R. Arnkil. 11. Public Services for the Long-Term Unemployed in Spain: Innovation or Compliance? X. Ballart. 12. Long-Term Unemployment in Poland; M. Wlodarczyk.

Part III. The Long-Term Unemployed Target for Public Employment Services: Focus on Italy. 13. The Long-Term Unemployed Target for Public Employment Services: Evidence from ISFOL Surveys; G. Di Domenico. 14. Employment Incentive Measures Geared to the Long-Term Unemployed in Italy; S. Pirrone. 15. The Unemployed and the Public Employment Services: The Veneto Scenario; B. Anastasia, G. Gardonio. 16. Active Measures for Employability and New Forms of Security: The Italian Case; M. Tiraboschi.