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Book Launch Event: The Marketization of Employment Services. Dilemmas of Europe’s Work-First Welfare States

Dear colleagues,


Former Work and Employment Research Unit (WERU) director Ian Greer will be launching a new book based on a research project into services for the unemployed at the University of Greenwich on 17th November 2017.


"The Marketization of Employment Services. Dilemmas of Europe's Work-First Welfare States" includes contributions from WERU members Lisa Schulte and Graham Symon, and is coauthored Karen Breidal and Flemming Larsen from Aalborg University and Matthias Knuth from the Institut fuer Arbeit und Qualifikation in Duisburg. The research was funded by the Hans Boeckler Stiftung and the publisher is Oxford University Press.


The event will run from 4- 7 PM in Queen Anne Court, Room 063, in the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, with food and drinks after the discussion. Commentators will be Chiara Benassi (King’s College London), John McInally (the Public and Commercial Services Union), and Matt Vidal (University of Loughborough).  Below, a description of the book.


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Best wishes,


Prof Sian Moore

Director of the Work and Employment Research Group (WERU)


The Marketization of Employment Services. Dilemmas of Europe’s Work-First Welfare States

Ian Greer, Karen Breidahl, Matthias Knuth, and Flemming Larsen

Oxford University Press, 2017


Across Europe, market mechanisms are spreading into areas where they did not exist before. In public administration, market governance is displacing other ways of coordinating public services. In social policy, the welfare state is retreating from its historic task of protecting citizens from the discipline of the market. In industrial relations, labor and management are negotiating with an eye to competitiveness, often against new non-union market players.


What is marketization, and what are its effects? This book uses employment services in Denmark, Germany, and Great Britain as a window to explore the rise of market mechanisms. Based on more than 100 interviews with funders, managers, front-line workers, and others, the authors discuss the internal workings of these markets and the organizations that provide the services.


This book gives readers new tools to analyse market competition and its effects. It provides a new conceptualization of the markets themselves, the dilemmas and tradeoffs that they generate, and the differing services and workplaces that result. It is aimed at students and researchers in the applied fields of social policy, public administration, and employment relations and has important implications for comparative political economy and welfare states.

12th October 2017