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Public Employment Services and European Law

Mark Freedland FBA, Paul Craig QC FBA, Catherine Jacqueson and Nicola Kountouris

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199233489
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191716324 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233489.001.0001

Series: Oxford Studies in European Law

Public Employment Services and European Law

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The present book examines the developing legal regimes and regulation of public services in the UK and other European countries. Public services are examined though a case-study of the complex area of public employment services. These are job-placement and vocational training services which aim to maximize employment and minimize unemployment within EU member States' Active Labour Market policies. Employment services are seen as being at the centre of a complex web of rules in both hard and soft forms of law deriving from the EU, national public law and from private, and at times contractual, agreements. The analysis also suggests that they also lie at the crossroads of a series of trends in regulation, and priorities have been inspired by an array of conflicting policy rationales. These policy rationales include the establishment of an open and competitive European internal market, the establishment of an efficient welfare state, the scaling down of state administrative machinery, the fulfillment of core public service responsibilities, and the creation of public private entities for the discharge of essential social services. The investigation also proved that public employment services provide a highly informative and novel case study of the interaction and conflict between the economic and social aims of the EU and between regulation at national and supranational levels, and the changing forms which this regulation has taken.

Keywords: public services; job-placement; vocational training; comparative and EU law study; regulation; economic and social aims; private delivery

Book.  448 pages. 

Subjects: EU Law

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Introduction in Public Employment Services and European Law

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Competence, Social Policy, and Public Services in Public Employment Services and European Law

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Conceptions of Public Service in European Law in Public Employment Services and European Law

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Modes of Governance and Regulatory Techniques in Public Employment Services and European Law

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Employment Services as a Public Service in Public Employment Services and European Law

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Making Work Pay and ‘Employment Friendly Wages’ in Public Employment Services and European Law

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