Planet Homeless

Governance Arrangements in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Glasgow

By Nienke Boesveldt

Nowadays, homelessness is predominantly a local responsibility. The policy challenges that local authorities face in dealing with this issue are complex or, according to some commentators, can even be described as "wicked." Until recently, local authorities have had limited success in addressing homelessness for reasons including a lack of information and fragmentation of services, to name just a couple. In a new attempt to face up to these challenges, several northern European metropolises have published similar strategic approaches to ending homelessness. By studying their policy, structure, and management style, this volume focuses on the impacts and outcomes of these new governance arrangements on the quality of service provision. By comparing and evaluating the different approaches in governance, the book provides deeper insight into exactly which elements of administrative and political approaches, or which governance arrangements, are most effective in this respect, and how social results can be improved in general. In this way, the study makes an important contribution to the academic debate on the optimum organization of governance arrangements. The book also provides a critical perspective on current decentralizing trends and contains a plea for a corporate, instrumental approach towards governance arrangements on homelessness. It concludes that the social relief sector should be functioning as a trampoline, not as a last resort. *** Librarians: ebook available on ProQuest and EBSCO [Subject: Public Administration, Public Policy, Politics, European Studies]

Publication Date: 7/13/2015
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9789462365407

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