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Employment policy from different angles

Thomas Bredgaard og Flemming Larsen

DJØF's forlag 2005. 528 s. ISBN 8757413495

Employment policy has become high politics. Expectations are high. So are the dilemmas in reaching balanced and robust solutions. The main theme of this book is whether employment policy can deliver and live up to the high expectations. Can more and better jobs for all be created without increasing levels of inequality? Can more flexible labour markets be created while maintaining - or even enhancing - the job and employment security of workers? Can private providers deliver 'better and cheaper' services than the former public employment service, and what are the implications of these new 'quasi-markets' for employment services? Is life-long learning and the knowledge economy the solution in an age of globalisation and outsourcing of low-skilled and low-wage jobs? Will national governments - and not least the European Union - deliver on its promises?

We approach these questions from an inter-disciplinary and comparative perspective by focusing on four main themes:

The European employment strategy and activation policies

Contracting out of public employment services

Employment policy from a flexicurity perspective

Life-long learning

The book brings together a group of well-known researchers from a range of different disciplines (political science, economics, and sociology) and compares employment policies of different countries (Denmark, Germany, Holland, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and the EU-level). In bringing together state-of-the-art research on employment policies - and especially the new trends of flexicurity and contracting out - the book will appeal to both academics, policy makers and civil servants interested in how employment policy can deliver on its high promises.

The editors, Thomas Bredgaard (assistant professor, PhD.) and Flemming Larsen (associate professor) are from the Centre for Labour Market Research (CARMA) at Aalborg University in Denmark.

Table of contents:

Chapter 1. Introduction by Thomas Bredgaard & Flemming Larsen

PART 1. The European Employment Strategy and Activation Policies

Chapter 2. The European Employment Strategy up for Revision - Effective Policy or European Cosmetics? by Henning Jørgensen

Chapter 3. Research on 'Open Methods of Coordination' and National Social Policies: What Sociological Theories and Methods? by Jean-Claude Barbier

Chapter 4. Mutual Learning Processes of the European Employment Strategy: Theoretical Approaches and Methodologies by Peter Nedergaard

Chapter 5. Activating Germany by Wolfgang Ludwig-Mayerhofer

Chapter 6. Active Labour Market Policy in Denmark as an example of Transitional Labour Market and Flexicurity arrangements - What can be Learnt? by Flemming Larsen

Chapter 7. The Involvement of Social Partners in Active Labour Market Policy - do the Patterns fit Expectations from Regimes Therories? by Mikkel Mailand

PART 2. Contracting out Public Employment Services

Chapter 8. Contracting out of Public Employment Systems from a Governance Perspective by Els Sol

Chapter 9. The New Institutional Logic of Public Employment Services by Ludo Struyven

Chapter 10. Steering, Efficiency and Partnership: The Australian Quasi-market for Public Employment Services by Mark Considine

Chapter 11. Contracting out the Public Employment Service in Denmark: A quasi-market anlysis by Thomas Bredgaard, Flemming Larsen & Lars Rune Møller

Chapter 12. 'Contracting Out' and Contestability: Modernising the British Public Employment Service by Dan Finn

PART 3. Employment Policy from a Flexicurity Perspective

Chapter 13. Striking a Balance? Flexibility and Security in European Labour Markets by Ton Wilthagen

Chapter 14. The Danish Road to 'Flexicurity' Where are we? And how did we get there? by Per Kongshøj Madsen

Chapter 15. Flexicurity in the Policies for the Older Workers by Frank Tros

Chapter 16. Flexicurity and Older Workers on the Danish Labour Market by Thomas Bredgaard & Flemming Larsen

Chapter 17. Flexicurity and Collective Agreements in Denmark in a Microeconomic Perspective by Flemming Ibsen

Chapter 18. Towards a Gender Impact Analysis of Flexicurity by Maria Jepsen

Chapter 19. Of Movers and Makers: Flexibility and Security for Workers in the Value Added Logistics Industry by Martijn van Velzen

Chapter 20. Temporary Work Agencies and Labour Market Policy by Ola Bergström

PART 4. Lifelong Learning to promote Employment and Working life

Chapter 21. Labour Market Training, Lifelong Learning Policy, and Transitional Labour Markets by Lorenz Lassnigg

Chapter 22. Learning to be Realistic: Some Limitations of Lifelong Learning in Employment Policy by Andrew Watt

Chapter 23. European Social Dialogue on Lifelong Learning by Peter Kerckhofs

Chapter 24. Stimulating Continuing Vocational Training in the Netherlands by H. van Lieshout, P. Kamphuis, F. Jellema & T. Wilthagen

Chapter 25. Training in Networks and Trade Union Influence - a Danish Case Study by Morten Lassen, John Houman Sørensen & Anja Lindkvist V. Jørgensen

Chapter 26. Innovation and Job Creation in the Learning Economy by Peter Nielsen & Bengt-Åke Lundvall