Project Outputs

Public Employment Services and

Welfare Reform at the Frontline

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Journal Publications

Special Issue on Ireland’s turn towards activation – Ten year’s on. Administration, 69 (2). Available here

McGann, M. (2021) ‘Meeting the numbers: performance politics and welfare-to-work at the street-level’, Irish Journal of Sociology, DOI: 10.1177/07916035211068430. Availale here.

McGann, M. (2021). ‘Remodelling street-level workers with quasi-markets: comparing Ireland’s mixed economy of welfare-to-work’. Administration & Society, Online First, doi/10.1177/00953997211050924. Available here.

McGann, M. (2021). ‘Double activation: workfare meets marketisation’. Administration, 69(2), 19–42. Available here.

McGann, M. & Murphy, M.P. (2021) ‘Introduction: the dual tracks of activation and welfare reform: Governance and conditionality.’ Administration, 69(2), 1–16. Available here

McGann, M., & Murphy, M. P. (2021) ‘Income Support in an Eco-Social State: The Case for Participation Income’, Social Policy and Society, Online First. Available here

Laruffa, F., McGann, M. & Murphy, Mary P. (2021) ‘Enabling Participation Income for an Eco-Social State’. Social Policy & Society., First View https://doi.org/10.1017/S1474746421000750. Available here

Whelan, N., Murphy, M.P. and McGann, M. (2021) The enabling role of employment guidance in contemporary public employment services: A work-first to life-first typology, British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 49(2): 200-212. Available here

McGann M.;Murphy M.P.;Whelan N. (2020) ‘Workfare redux? Pandemic unemployment, labour activation and the lessons of post-crisis welfare reform in Ireland’. International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 40 (9/10): 963-978. Available here

McGann M. (2020) ‘The political economy of welfare in a time of coronavirus: Post-productivism as a state of exception’. Irish Journal of Sociology, 8 (2): 225-230. Available here

Research Reports and Blogs

McGann, M, (2021) Lived experiences of employment services for people who are long-term unemployed. Maynooth: Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute. Available here.

McGann, M, (2021) Understanding frontline employment services in Ireland: 2020 survey of contracted employment services. Maynooth: Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute. Available here.

McGann, M. (2021) ‘Is it time to rethink job services for the long-term unemployed?’, RTE Brainstorm, 14 December 2021. Availabe here.

McGann, M. (2021) ‘The creeping marketisation of welfare and employment services’. Think Tank for Action on Social Change (TASC), Progressive Economy blog, 12 July 2021. Available here.

Murphy, Mary P.; Whelan, N.; McGann, M.; Finn, P. (2020) The High Road Back to Work: Developing a Public Employment Services Eco-System for a Post-Covid Recovery. Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, Maynooth. Available here

Murphy, Mary P.; McGann, M. (2021) ‘Renewing welfare through universal entitlement: lessons from Covid-19’ in The Coranvirus Crisis and the Welfare State (pp. 68-75). Social Europe Publishing in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. Available here

Murphy, M. and McGann, M. (2020) Reconfiguring welfare in an eco-social state: participation income and universal servicesSocial Europe, 29 May 2020. Available here

Presentations & Podcasts

Lived experiences of employment services for people who are long-term unemployed, Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, Webinar on Lived Experiences of Welfare to Work, 10 December 2021. Watch video here.

Towards a sustainable welfare state, Launch of thematic section of Social Policy and Society, Department of Sociology, Maynooth Univeristy, 9 December 2021. Watch video here.

Marketisation and welfare-to-work at the street-level, University College Cork Department of Sociology and Criminology Seminar Series in conjunction with the HECAT 2020 project, 1 December 2021. Watch video here.

Marketisation and conditionality: two sides of the same activation coin? Evidence from Ireland, ‘Welfare conditionality: Australia and beyond’ at Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW, 3 November 2021.

From Pandemic Unemployment Payments to Participation Income: What future for a Post-Productivist Economy of Welfare?, MU Sociology Pandemic Imaginaries Workshop, 27 October 2021.

Long-term unemployment panel discussion, NEAR 90.3 FM Community Radio, 26 October 2021. Listen to the programme here.

Meeting the numbers: performance politics and welfare-to-work at the street-level, Political Studies Association of Ireland, Annual Conference, UCD, 8 October 2021.

The effects of marketisation on frontline employment services delivery, UCD Geary Public Policy Institute, Seminar Series, 14 September 2021. Watch video here

Remodelling street-level workers with quasi-markets: comparing Ireland’s mixed economy of activation, European Social Policy Analysis Network Conference, 1 September 2021, Leuven.

Remodeling street-level workers with quasi-markets: comparing Ireland’s mixed economy of welfare-to-work, Fifth International Conference on Public Policy, Barcelona, July 2021.

Remodelling street-level workers with quasi-markets: comparing Ireland’s mixed economy of activation (forthcoming), UK Social Policy Association Conference, 8 July 2021

Active Labour Market Policies and the Great Recession, Lessons for 2021. Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) Discussion Series, 21 June 2021 (with Nuala Whelan). Watch video here.

The impact of marketisation on public employment services, Leaving no one behind in pandemic recovery: enabling employment services through governance, collaboration and co-production, Maynooth University, 14 May 2021. Watch video here.

Remodeling street-level workers with quasi-markets, Sociology Association of Ireland Annual Conference, 8 May 2021.

Justifying Welfare (Discussant), Economy & Society SummerSchool, University College Cork and Waterford Institute of Technology, 24 March 2021. Available here.

(Co-organiser and chair) Conference on Digitalisation in Public Employment and Guidance Services, Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, 18 September 2020. See here for further details.

Double activation and the governance of employment services. Annual NERI Labour Market Conference, Geary Institute, University College Dublin, 17 September 2020. Available here

The ‘high road’ back to work: developing a public employment eco-system for a post-covid recovery (with Mary P. Murphy and Nuala Whelan), Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, 5 June 2020. See here for further details.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 841477.

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