Active Inclusion and Challenges for Local Welfare Governance
Edited by Martin Heidenreich and Deborah Rice
Chapter 10: The national governance of integrated activation policies in Europe
In Chapter 10 on national regimes of coordinated activation in Europe, Thierry Berthet and Clara Bourgeois explore how different countries approach the challenge of integrating activation-related policies and services across political-administrative levels and policy sectors. Berthet and Bourgeois’s main finding is that a fully integrated national activation policy is lacking in all six countries owing to persistent sectorial and territorial boundaries. However, at the specific policy nexus between employment policy and professional training, strongly coherent multilevel coordination patterns are found. Furthermore, at the nexus between employment and health, differentiated country patterns emerge owing to different institutional legacies and national political agendas. The authors conclude that political agendas and governance structures in the welfare domain currently still hinder more than facilitate the emergence of coordinated activation in Europe.
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