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Author Greer, Ian (Writer on industrial relations),
Title The marketization of employment services : the dilemmas of Europe's work-first welfare state / Ian Greer, Karen N. Breidahl, Matthias Knuth and Flemming Larsen.
Imprint Oxford : Oxford University Press 2017.

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Author Greer, Ian (Writer on industrial relations),
Subject Employment agencies -- Europe.
Labor market -- Europe.
Markets -- Europe.
Alt Name Breidahl, Karen N.,
Knuth, Matthias,
Larsen, Flemming, 1966-
Description 1 online resource (192 pages)
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Summary What is marketization, and what are its effects? This book uses employment services in Denmark, Germany, and Great Britain as a window to explore the rise of market mechanisms. Based on more than 100 interviews with funders, managers, front-line workers, and others, the authors discuss the internal workings of these markets and the organizations that provide the services. This book gives readers new tools to analyse market competition and its effects. It provides a new conceptualization of the markets themselves, the dilemmas and tradeoffs that they generate, and the differing services and workplaces that result. It is aimed at students and researchers in the applied fields of social policy, public administration, and employment relations and has important implications for comparative political economy and welfare states.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover; The Marketization of Employment Services: The Dilemmas of Europe's Work-First Welfare States; Copyright; Acknowledgments; Contents; List of Figures; List of Tables; List of Abbreviations; 1: Introduction; The Conceptual Background: the Political Economy of Welfare and Work; What Is the Change in Markets that Matters?; What Are the Consequences of Marketization?; How Do These Dynamics Vary between and within Countries?; Methods; The Book and its Findings; 2: Employment Services: Three Marketization Stories; What Are Employment Services?; Assessment and Sorting; Advice and Guidance
TrainingJob Placement; Organizing Make-Work Schemes; Combining and Governing Tasks; Denmark; Great Britain; Germany; Conclusion; 3: Marketization and Transaction Modes; Purchasers, Providers, and Clients; Elements of the Transaction; Choice of Provider; Can Procurement Law Apply?; Openness; Frequency; Prescription; Prices; The Diversity of Transactions; Grants; Vouchers; Public Purchasing; Conclusion; Appendix A: Contracting by Danish Municipalities; Appendix B: Contracting on Britain's Work Programme; Appendix C: Vouchers and Contracting in Germany; Competitive Tendering; Training Vouchers
Placement Vouchers4: Employment-Services Sectors under Resource Scarcity and Uncertainty; Denmark; Great Britain; Germany: Funder Dominance; Discussion; 5: Employment Relations and Labor Process: Institutional Disorganization and Management Control; Marketization and Employment in Public Services; Denmark; Voice; Pay Determination; Job Insecurity; Performance Management; Professions; Interaction with Clients; Great Britain; Worker Voice; Pay Determination; Job Insecurity; Professions; Performance Management; Interaction with Clients; Germany; Worker Voice; Pay Determination; Job Insecurity
ProfessionsPerformance Management; Interaction with Clients; Comparison and Conclusion; 6: Governance Implications: Dilemmas and Tradeoffs; Price versus Quality; Payment by Results versus Equal Access to Services; User Choice versus User Compulsion; Openness and Transparency versus Transaction Costs; Insourcing as a Response to the Dilemmas; Marketization as a Governance Problem; Conclusion; 7: Conclusion; How Marketization Has Reshaped Employment Services; What Is New Here?; The Meaning of Marketization; The Effects of Marketization on Services
Similarities and Differences between the Three CountriesFuture Directions in Employment Services; Broader Lessons on the Changing Role of Markets in Europe; Bibliography; Index
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780191088216 (electronic bk.)
0191088218 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 991596009
Additional Format Print version: Breidahl, N. Karen. The marketization of employment services. The dilemmas of Europe's work-first welfare state. Corby : Oxford University Press 2017 9780198785446 (OCoLC)966907211

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