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Enterprising States

Enterprising States
The Public Management of Welfare-to-Work

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  • Date Published: May 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. They are the widespread use of privatisation, 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. In this work Mark Considine examines the most important universal service of the modern welfare state – unemployment assistance – to explain and theorise 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 amongst the boldest reformers within the OECD, yet each adopting distinctively different models and programs. In each case Considine finds there has been a significant break from the standards of responsible democracy and legal-rational bureaucracy, with at least one government opting for a commercial paradigm based on targets and economic incentives while another has developed a model based on network governance, co-production and trust.

    • Draws on interviews and surveys from the 'front-line' e.g. government
    • Gives comparisons from four countries
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    • Date Published: May 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.

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    Mark Considine, University of Melbourne

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