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Getting Welfare to Work


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1. Reforming Welfare Systems ; 2. Australia's Competitive Contract Model ; 3. Driving Change at the Australian Frontline ; 4. The United Kingdom's Dual System ; 5. When Less is More - Transforming the UK Frontline ; 6. The Netherlands' Hybrid Market ; 7. Activation and the Dutch Frontline ; 8. Governance Modes ; 9. Networking Types ; 10. Welfare Markets and the Politics of Activation

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Mark Considine is Professor of Political Science and Dean of Arts at the University of Melbourne. He specialises in public policy and administration, including the study of the use of new forms of governance in the delivery of social programs. Jenny M. Lewis is Professor of Public Policy in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow for 2013-16. Jenny is a public policy expert, with particular interests in governance, street-level bureaucracy, policy influence, and the policy process. She has published widely in journals and is the author of five books, and has been awarded American, European, and Australian prizes for her research. Siobhan O'Sullivan was a Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences, at the University of Melbourne from 2008 until 2014. Her work is focused on the welfare state, with a particular emphasis on welfare-to-work. In 2015 she relocated to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) where she teaches Social Policy. Siobhan also maintains an on going interest in animal welfare and environmental policy. Els Sol is a Sociologist and Geographer and she works as an Associate Professor at the AIAS/Hugo Sinzheimer Institute, University of Amsterdam. Els is program leader of a major university research program entailing ten research projects on welfare to work, masterclasses, and conferences ( She also coordinates the Flexwork Research Centre, an academic database with research reports on non-standard employment ( Her research focuses on the field of (theory and international comparisons of) labour market and social security policies, re-employment services, policy evaluation, social policies and social protection schemes.

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