Integrating Social and Employment Policies in Europe
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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.
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Chapter 7: Challenges of delivering cross-sectorial employment policies in France

Thierry Berthet, Clara Bourgeois and Karine Tourné Languin

Abstract

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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