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New agency for labour market policy (Public Employment Service)

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
An extensive reorganization of Swedish Labor market policies was carried out in 2008. The transformation of the National Labor Market Administration and the 20 county labour boards into the Swedish Public Employment Service was a change towards centralization. The motives behind this transformation were to guarantee a more efficient government, to adapt the organization to new challenges that occurred in society and to increase the quality of the organization. The Public Employment Service got a new operational focus with stronger emphasis on employment and matching.
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
    Type of Policy
    • public
    Duration of the policy
    Scope of innovation
    • Scope: strucutral
    • Spatial coverage: national
    General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
    Improve effectiveness of the agency, improve the reputation within the population
    Nature of the innovation-long-term perspective
    Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
    • others
    Type of innovation
    • other
    New outputs
    • services (standardization of services, centralization of services, )
    Intended target group
    Employment services
    Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
    • agency or national social insurance body
    • central state
    Intended output
    • governance
    Did the innovation have any outcome related to job quantity?
    improve the work done by the employment services in general
    Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
    The new organization is till heavely critised, unemployment is high, matchning has not improved
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