Local Economic and Employment Development Managing Decentralisation: A New Role for Labour Market Policy (Complete Edition ‐ ISBN 9264104704)

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Decentralising labour market policy is a delicate and challenging subject of political debate.  Does decentralisation really enable co‐ordination of policies?  At the local level, how do we make the best use of decentralised powers?  How can greater flexibility be provided in managing policies while still guaranteeing efficiency and accountability?  To enhance responsiveness to citizens' needs, governments increasingly decentralise the way policies are designed and implemented.  In the labour market policy area, many stakeholders, from business and local government to community groups and NGOs have been receptive.  The OECD invited leading experts and experienced policy makers and practitioners to address these questions and share their experiences in dealing with such issues. This report, supported by statistical data, summarises the lessons learnt from their experiences.  It is for researchers, leading experts, business communities, economists in government circles and NGOs.

Managing Decentralisation and New Forms of GovernanceDecentralisation: What Difference Does it Make? A SynthesisDenmark: Anchoring Labour Market Policies in the RegionsThe US: Decentralisation from the Bottom UpGermany: The Challenge of Taking an Integrated Approach in a Centralised FrameworkItaly: Opening the CircuitsThe Flemish Region of Belgium: Moving Decentralisation One Step FurtherPoland: Opportunities, Mistakes and Challenges of DecentralisationFlexibility and Accountability in Labour Market Policy: A SynthesisSpain: Modernisation through RegionalisationCanada: Partnerships across LevelsThe US: Managing Different Levels of AccountabilityThe Netherlands: Tackling the Trade‐off between Efficiency and AccountabilityFrance: Providing Greater Flexibility at Local LevelPoland: A New Accountability Framework for Human Resources Development ProgrammesLocal Partnerships: Different Histories, Common Challenges ‐ A SynthesisImproving Governance: The Role of the European UnionThe US: Leveraging Government Capacity through New Forms of GovernanceIreland: Linking Public Services and the Local CommunityAustria: Bridging Economic Development and Labour Market PolicyThe UK: Co‐ordinating Public Services through Local PartnershipsNorway: Developing an Integrated Approach in the RegionsSweden: New Pathways for Labour Market PolicyRussia: Experimenting with Local PartnershipsThe Impact of Partnerships on Public Governance

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: April 1, 2006

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