Public Employment Services and European Law

Mark Freedland, Paul Craig, Catherine Jacqueson, Nicola Kountouris

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages448
ISBN (Electronic)9780191716324
ISBN (Print)9780199233489
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Comparative and EU law study
  • Economic and social aims
  • Job-placement
  • Private delivery
  • Public services
  • Regulation
  • Vocational training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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