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The objective of the research project was to analyse and compare different systems of collective action which are involved in the process of developing and implementing policy innovations aiming at a better coping with the problem of the (re)integration of different groups of unemployed. The focus was on developments in four countries of Western Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland), with an additional part concerning developments in Eastern Europe. The altogether 27 case studies of forms of cooperation have concentrated on horizontal cooperation at the local and regional level.
The general hypothesis was that the effectiveness of systems of collective action in the field of policy innovations aiming at social integration depends on the degree to which the local and regional levels of governance systems are activated by an approach that tries to involve actors outside the political administration. Altogether, this should strengthen the possibilities to adapt national programmes to the peculiarities of local and regional conditions.

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