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    Opening the black box of implementing activation in Ireland

    Whelan, Nuala (2021) Opening the black box of implementing activation in Ireland. Administration, 69 (2). pp. 87-106. ISSN 2449-9471

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    This paper focuses on Ireland’s ‘activation turn’ and the roll-out of the Pathways to Work policy, contextualising these reforms within recent international developments in activation. Using a qualitative approach, the study explores the perceptions of a range of key stakeholders – jobseekers, employment guidance practitioners, employment service managers, ancillary services and policymakers – offering some important insights into Ireland’s move towards activation and the implementation of Pathways to Work. Three overarching themes were identified: depersonalisation, the missing ‘how to’ of implementation, and the reform agenda. These findings, although tentative, provide a new understanding of the perceptions of key stakeholders, described as ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’, and their views about both implementation and perceived effectiveness.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Whelan, Nuala. "Opening the black box of implementing activation in Ireland" Administration, vol.69, no.2, 2021, pp.87-106.
    Keywords: Activation; labour market policy reform; implementation; Ireland; effectiveness
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Adult and Community Education
    Item ID: 16653
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    Depositing User: Nuala Whelan
    Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2022 10:40
    Journal or Publication Title: Administration
    Publisher: Sciendo
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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