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Local Policies and the European Social FundEmployment Policies Across Europe$
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Katharina Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447346517

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447346517.001.0001

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Social and employment policies in Europe from a multilevel perspective

Social and employment policies in Europe from a multilevel perspective

(p.7) 2 Social and employment policies in Europe from a multilevel perspective
(p.iii) Local Policies and the European Social Fund

Katharina Zimmermann

Policy Press

Chapter 2 discusses the characteristics of and the relationship between European and local social and employment policies. It starts with an overview on EU cohesion policy and characterises the ESF as a specific governance tool which nowadays combines financial, programmatic and procedural aspects in a unique manner. In a second step, the chapter discusses the crucial role of the local level in current activation policies. Chapter 2 argues that the local level deserves specific attention and should not be subsumed under national welfare systems. Furthermore, the streamlined EU cohesion policy and particularly the ESF establish a stronger direct link between the European and the local level and confront local actors with new opportunities and challenges.

Keywords:   Cohesion Policy, European Social Fund, EU social and employment policies, Local level, Regional level, Local welfare, Local labour market policies, EU governance

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