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Enterprising States

Enterprising States
The Public Management of Welfare-to-Work

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  • Date Published: July 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521000529

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  • This book explores two fundamental shifts in the paradigms of governance in Western bureaucracies: the widespread use of privatization, 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. Mark Considine examines a key service of the modern welfare state unemployment assistance--to explain and theorize 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 among the boldest reformers within the OECD, yet each adopting distinctively different models and programs.

    • Draws on interviews and surveys from the 'front-line' e.g. government
    • Gives comparisons from four countries
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    "American scholars and practitioners will find a wealth of useful, often unsettling, insights in this well-conceived comparative study." Social Service Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521000529
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 150 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 20 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Enterprising the state
    2. Governance in fours
    3. The United Kingdom: managing by numbers
    4. New Zealand: two steps forward
    5. The Netherlands: the part-time miracle
    6. Australia: governance by competition
    7. Taking the measure of the 'new governance'
    8. Conclusion: de-coupling, contracting and self-enterprise.

  • Author

    Mark Considine, University of Melbourne

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