Institutional logics of service provision: the national and urban governance of activation policies in three European countries

Vanesa Fuertes, Ronald William McQuaid, Martin Heidenreich

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Abstract

Labour market activation policies aimed at those with multiple barriers to employment require inter-agency collaboration between local organisations providing social and employment services. This local collaborative context is shaped by different institutional logics (state, markets, professions and community) that are crucial for policy implementation. Using case studies of nine German, UK and Swedish cities, it is argued that different institutional logics help shape the form and operation of local collaboration between different agencies and actors and thus the concrete support for service users at the local level. Although all three countries are characterised by centralised employment policies, each city shows a prevalence, but not exclusivity, of certain institutional logics over others. These differences, partly reflecting the local context, are likely to lead to local variations in understandings of solidarity, policy implementation, inter-agency collaboration and networks of actors and national-local tensions. The paper suggests that an institutional logics approach provides a useful framework for helping to understand local variations and potential national-local policy conflicts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-107
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of European Social Policy
Volume31
Issue number1
Early online date15 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • inter-agency collaboration
  • active labour market policies
  • activation
  • multiple barriers to employment
  • institutional logics
  • inter-organisational networks

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