The civil servant and the unemployed
When jobs in the private sector are not competitive anymore, public employment is an easy option to make sure people have a job. This is the Scandinavian model. But a better solution is to subsidize employment, as service coupons in Belgium are successfully doing by creating 65.000 jobs.
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Beyond Copernicus:From Confusion to Consensus?
The 2000 Copernicus reform has faded away before flourishing. Belgium has the highest public spending and public employment in the OECD and still the relative quality and quantity of public services remain disappointing. With so many challenges ahead such as globalisation, population aging, the race for talents, the digital revolution, it is urgent to send a wake-up call for a government that is steering and not rowing. Jean Hindriks makes the diagnosis and suggests several “quick wins”.
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