Active labour market policy in the UK: At a (local) crossroads?

Active labour market policy has developed into a widely used and seemingly embedded approach to addressing worklessness, both in the UK and internationally. But the future of UK active labour market policy looks far from certain. Some recent developments suggest demise and diminution. But at the same time there is also evidence of more positive points, including increasing recognition of the importance of employer involvement and activity at local level. Possible future trajectories are considered in the light of emerging developments, and two potential scenarios for future UK active labour market policy are posited: ‘less support, more sticks’ and an ‘active local labour markets approach’.


Author(s) M. Orton, A.E. Green
Language English
Year of publication Jan, 2019
Journal Local Economy: The Journal of the Local Economy Policy Unit
Volume, Number 2019, 1
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