Integrating Social and Employment Policies in Europe

Integrating Social and Employment Policies in Europe

Active Inclusion and Challenges for Local Welfare Governance

Edited by Martin Heidenreich and Deborah Rice

A central goal of European activation policies is to integrate social and employment policies into a coherent active inclusion approach that fosters social cohesion and enhances the employment chances of vulnerable groups. This requires a reorganisation of social and employment services especially at the local level. On the basis of empirical studies of six European welfare states, this book explores how different institutional contexts influence localised service delivery and how local actors deal with the associated coordination challenges.

Chapter 10: The national governance of integrated activation policies in Europe

Thierry Berthet and Clara Bourgeois

Subjects: politics and public policy, european politics and policy, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, labour policy, welfare states


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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