Active Inclusion and Challenges for Local Welfare Governance
Edited by Martin Heidenreich and Deborah Rice
Chapter 7: Challenges of delivering cross-sectorial employment policies in France
In Chapter 7 on France, Thierry Berthet, Clara Bourgeois and Karine Tourné Languin analyse the challenge of delivering coordinated or cross-sectorial employment policies in France. Although cross-sectoriality has a long tradition in the French public employment system and also in the professional culture of street-level bureaucrats, new modes of cooperation, an increasing role of private actors and new types of regulations challenge established coordination modes. Based on three local case studies from the French context, Berthet, Bourgeois and Tourné Languin come to a somewhat paradoxical conclusion: precisely the formalization and national promotion of cross-sectoriality has curtailed rather than strengthened (formerly more informal) cross-sectorial practices at street level.
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