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Institutional Incentives, Co‐operation and Governance

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Policy failure can partly result from complex institutional structures, a lack of co‐operation across institutions and insufficient financial incentives for, and governing of, public institutions. In this regard, Finland and Ireland are facing particular challenges. Finland is recently promoting stronger inter‐agency co‐operation and there is also institutional target setting and performance management in place for the public employment service. Both are still lacking in Ireland. Denmark and the Netherlands are much further in the process of institutional change and the strengthening of institutional accountability. The main challenge in Denmark is the enormous cross‐regional difference in outcomes, while the Netherlands face a number of new challenges related to the privatisation of large parts of disability policies.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: November 1, 2008


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