EU member states have seen high levels of unemployment in recent years especially amongst young people. At the same time the fiscal crisis of welfare states has made it difficult for them to invest in new jobs and new economic growth. The EU, at least since the enactment of the Amsterdam treaty, has had a focus on how to support member states’ development of an employment policy which aims for higher levels of participation, lower levels of unemployment and more gender equal approaches. Through exploring patterns in the recent development of financing and governance of social services and developments of social services and employment in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany and the UK, this volume provides readers with new knowledge and evidence of the options regarding social innovation in social services. Furthermore, it provides a comparative European perspective on how the interplay between a public and private mix of social service on the one hand might help in creating jobs, and, on the other, be a way of coping with the needs and expectations of higher level of services in the core areas of the welfare state.
’In a context of fiscal crises and the increasing importance of social services, this book makes a valuable contribution to our knowledge of these services. The book’s topicality is enhanced by its innovative approach, which integrates the study of financing social services, the private/public mix in service provision and patterns of employment in social services.’ Rik van Berkel, Utrecht University, The Netherlands ’The provision of the right� to service for citizens is a central component of modernizing the welfare state. This comparative and empirically-grounded insight into financing and governance of social services, on the one hand, and employment in social services, on the other, is a most welcome contribution to the present discussion.’ Irene Dingeldey, University of Bremen, Germany