Local Policies and the European Social Fund

Employment Policies Across Europe

Katharina Zimmermann

Local Policies and the European Social Fund

Katharina Zimmermann

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447346517 Published November 2019 For sale in North and South America only
This book reviews how local social and employment policy fields react to the European Social Fund (ESF) to determine the role of the ESF in local activation policies. Drawing on both sociology and political science literature on welfare state reforms, Zimmermann examines what shapes local policy reactions to ESF and what effects these reactions have on change in local policy fields. Comparing data from eighteen local case studies across six European countries, and deploying an innovative mixed-method approach, the book presents comparative evidence on everyday challenges in the context of the ESF and discusses how these findings are applicable to other funding schemes.
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Daniel Clegg, University of Edinburgh
“Moving beyond the methodological nationalism that has characterized most of the existing literature, this innovative study offers a fresh perspective on the variegated influence of European integration on social policy.”
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