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Local Policies and the European Social Fund: Employment Policies Across Europe

Katharina Zimmermann


In the context of an ‘activation turn’ in many European welfare states, the local level gained increasing relevance in the last decades and brought local social policies and national employment policies more closely together. At the same time, at the European level the European Social Fund (ESF) made a career from an unconditional simple financing instrument towards a complex governance tool; meant to back up European social and employment policies in close combination with tools such as reporting or benchmarking. Greater coordination of domestic policies in social and employment policies, whe ... More

Keywords: Europeanisation, Activation, Labour market policies, Financial incentives, Local level, Local welfare, European employment policies, Qualitative Comparative Analysis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781447346517
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447346517.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katharina Zimmermann, author
University of Hamburg