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Conceptual innovation and public policy: unemployment and paid leave schemes in Denmark

Compston, Hugh William and Madsen, P. K. 2001. Conceptual innovation and public policy: unemployment and paid leave schemes in Denmark. Journal of European Social Policy 11 (2) , pp. 117-132. 10.1177/095892870101100202

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Abstract

The Danish paid leave schemes of the early 1990s are an important innovation in labour market policy because they not only directly reduce unemployment but also contribute to achieving other economic and social goals. In this article we investigate why they were brought into being by tracing their development to identify the salient causal influences on the crucial decisions from a historical point of view, then evaluate the extent to which contemporary policy-making approaches can account for these results. Our analysis shows that a number of factors influenced the development of the schemes, including the rise in unemployment, public opinion, parties, institutions and policy learning. The role of conceptual innovation was especially important. Overall the policy-making process can be best understood in terms of John Kingdon's multiple streams theory.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0958-9287
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2017 04:03
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/78641

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