Enterprising the state
Source TitleEnterprising states: the public management of welfare-to-work in Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom
PublisherCambridge University Press
University of Melbourne Author/sConsidine, Mark
AffiliationArts: Centre for Public Policy
Arts: Education Policy and Management
Document TypeBook Chapter
CitationsConsidine, Mark (2001) Enterprising the state. Enterprising states: the public management of welfare-to-work in Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, Chapter 1, pp. 3-18. Cambridge University Press.
Access StatusOpen Access
Perhaps there once was a time when the terms ‘state’, ‘market’ and ‘bureaucracy’ had settled meanings and when the institutions which they helped define had standard, widely understood purposes. If so this is certainly a book about the closing of that era and about a radical set of changes that now seeks to alter the nature of governance in many advanced capitalist states. The particular reform strategies we will identify in four countries seeking will help us map the contours of wider changes in the nature of contemporary governance. The front-line reinventions in these four countries spell-out the central characteristics of a process of change which can be defined as the enterprising of the state. This transformation is something less than a final accomplishment. Process is often more revealing than structure. The enterprising activity takes root in forms of managerialism, contractualism and reinvention within programs aimed at both the work of officials and the identity of citizen-clients. As such it constitutes a new transition model for systems of public action which are seeking ways to meet the challenges of globalisation and the imperatives of new levels of cultural diversity (Jessop, 1991; Lash and Urry,1987).
KeywordsWelfare recipients--Employment; Insurance; Unemployment; Public administration
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