The Impact of Networks on Unemployment

  • J. M.┬áHurst

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Framework for Investigating Network Impact

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. J. M. Hurst
      Pages 3-45
    3. J. M. Hurst
      Pages 47-62
    4. J. M. Hurst
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  3. Investigating and Analysing Network Impact

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. J. M. Hurst
      Pages 161-209
    3. J. M. Hurst
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    4. J. M. Hurst
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 297-349

About this book


This book investigates why networks, some with joined-up governance remits, appeared ineffective in handling neighbourhood unemployment even in periods when the national unemployment levels dropped. It deploys a multi-theoretical and methodological framework to investigate this empirical puzzle, and to test and analyse the causal factors influencing network outcomes. Chapters examine network concepts, network theories, outcome indicators, the historical infrastructure and management of unemployment policy, and governing network trends in post-war urban regeneration interventions. Comparative network case studies offer empirical evidence and a high degree of local variation. Mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative approaches), including social network analysis, uncover formal and informal networks, and eighty-six interviews in two English local authorities with persistent unemployment, give voice to network practitioner experiences. Findings explain why sub-optimal network outcomes prevail and operational difficulties persist on the ground. Students and academics, professionals and activists can use the results to challenge network governance theories and the policy status-quo.

J.M. Hurst completed her PhD in Politics Research at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. She has practitioner experience of the policy field and is currently carrying out multidisciplinary research on the subject of unemployment identities and network impact. 


Urban regeneration policy Infrastructure Governance Economic development Neighbourhoods

Authors and affiliations

  • J. M.┬áHurst
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