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Michael McGann

Michael McGann is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellow at Maynooth University Social Sciences Institute, where he researches and writes about the marketisation of public employment services. He is currently undertaking a study on 'Governing Activation in Ireland', funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 841477. He is also the co-author (with Siobhan O’Sullivan and Mark Considine) of a forthcoming book, Buying and selling the poor: inside Australia’s privatised welfare-to-work market (Sydney University Press). The views expressed are those of the author alone. Neither Maynooth University nor the European Commission are responsible for any use that may be made of the information in this article.


The creeping marketisation of welfare and employment services

Michael McGann 12/07/2021

The issue of unemployment, and the hundreds of thousands of people who are out of work, has rightly been a focus of much media and policy attention over recent months. This week, we heard the Irish Plant Contractors Association complain to Government of labour force shortages in the construction sector seemingly created by the Pandemic …



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