What is it about?

For many decades, European national governments sought to stamp out undeclared work using a repressive approach. In the changing economic context of declining employment participation rates, however, the European Commission has called for a new approach to transform undeclared work into declared work. This necessitates public policy innovations. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the degree to which this European Commission call for policy innovation has been adopted by European national governments.

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Why is it important?

The finding is that although European nations have responded to the changing economic context and the resultant call by the European Commission for a new approach by adopting an array of innovative new policy measures to facilitate the declaration of undeclared work, stamping out such endeavour through repression measures remains the principal approach in most nations.


This is the first critical evaluation of whether the European Commission call for innovative new policy measures when tackling undeclared work has been implemented.

Professor Colin C Williams
University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: Public policy innovations: the case of undeclared work, Management Decision, June 2013, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/md-10-2011-0341.
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