LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development)

Flexible Policy for More and Better Jobs

 

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ISBN Number:
9789264059184
Publication Date:
May 2009

Flexible Policy for More and Better Jobs

Published by the OECD Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Programme

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. For expectations to be fulfilled, however, significant changes are needed in the way policy is managed. Far greater flexibility must be available at the local level to co-ordinate and adapt both policies and programmes to local strategic priorities. 
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
Chapter 1. A New Framework for Labour Market Policy in a Global Economy by Sylvain Giguère and Francesca Froy
Chapter 2. Which Countries Have Most Flexibility in the Management of Labour Market Policy? An OECD Comparison by Francesca Froy and Sylvain Giguère
Chapter 3. Effects of Decentralisation and Flexibility of Active Labour Market Policy on Country-Level Employment Rates by Randall Eberts and Sylvain Giguère
Chapter 4. The Trade-Off between Flexibility and Accountability in Labour Market Policy by Hugh Mosely
Chapter 5. The Role of Labour Market Policy in Horizonal Co-ordination by Randall W. Eberts
Chapter 6. What Can Governments Do to Meet Skills and Employability Challenges at the Local Level? by Dave Simmonds
Annex A. Venice Action Statement on Enhancing Flexibility in the Management of Labour Market Policy


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