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Inter-agency cooperation in activation: comparing experiences in three vanguard "active" welfare states.

Lindsay, Colin and McQuaid, Ronald W (2008) Inter-agency cooperation in activation: comparing experiences in three vanguard "active" welfare states. Social Policy and Society, 7 (3). pp. 353-365. ISSN 1474-7464

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Abstract/Description

New forms of inter-agency co-operation have gained increasing prominence in the
development and delivery of activation strategies. This article compares different models
of inter-agency co-operation, drawing on case study research in Denmark, the Netherlands
and the UK. The different models have reported variations in performance when delivering
on the key benefits often attributed to effective inter-agency co-operation. The article
raises concerns that the process of contracting-out in activation has at times conflicted
with attempts to improve co-operation between agencies, while the increasing dominance
of purchaser–provider relations can undermine progress towards ‘shared ownership’ of
activation policies and effective partnership-working

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 1474-7464
Uncontrolled Keywords: Inter-agency cooperation; welfare states; activation strategies; Denmark; Netherlands; United Kingdom; contracting-out; purchaser-provider relations;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 360 Social problems & social services > 360 Social problems & services; associations
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Item ID: 4396
Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
Date Deposited: 03 May 2011 15:21
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2013 16:11
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/4396

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