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Flexible Policy for More and Better Jobs

In series:Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED)view more titles

Published on May 05, 2009

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In today’s economic context, governments are required to take centre stage, helping workers to compete in the global market whilst also supporting employers so that they may retain jobs, increase productivity and offer better-quality employment at the local level. This book provides a new indicator for benchmarking labour-market policy, reviewing the flexibility available in its management throughout OECD countries. The research offers new evidence of the link between flexibility and employment outcomes. Concrete examples of how localities can harness greater flexibility to generate better economic and social outcomes are provided. The new style of management recommended in this book will be key to any national strategy for returning economies to prosperity.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Executive Summary
A New Framework for Labour Market Policy in a Global Economy
Which Countries Have Most Flexibility in the Management of Labour Market Policy? An OECD Comparison
Effects of Decentralisation and Flexibility of Active Labour Market Policy on Country-Level Employment Rates
The Trade-off between Flexibility and Accountability in Labour Market Policy
The Role of Labour Market Policy in Horizontal Co-ordination
What Can Governments Do to Meet Skills and Employability Challenges at the Local Level?
Annex A
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