Enterprising States: The Public Management of Welfare-to-Work

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Cambridge University Press, May 2, 2001 - Business & Economics - 220 pages
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This book explores two fundamental shifts in the paradigms of governance in Western bureaucracies: the widespread use of privatisation, private firms and market methods to run core public services, and the conscious attempt to transform the role of citizenship from ideals of entitlement and security to new notions of mutual obligation, selectivity and risk. In this work Mark Considine examines a key service of the modern welfare state SH unemployment assistance--to explain and theorise the nature of these radical changes. He has undertaken extensive research in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, four countries which have been amongst the boldest reformers within the OECD, yet each adopting distinctively different models and programs.
 

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Contents

Enterprising the State
1
Governance in Fours
21
The United Kingdom Managing by Numbers
37
New Zealand Two Steps Forward
64
The Netherlands The PartTime Miracle
90
Australia Governance as Competition
117
Taking the Measure of New Governance
144
Conclusion DeCoupling Contracting and SelfEnterprise
167
Questionnaire and Further Statistics
184
Bibliography
206
Index
217
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