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Europe 2020

Towards a More Social EU?

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Edited By Eric Marlier, David Natali and Rudi Van Dam

How can Europe 2020, the EU’s new Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, lead to a stronger Social EU with less poverty and greater social cohesion? This book by a number of eminent scholars and experts is the first to attempt to answer this question.
The adoption in June 2010 by EU leaders of a target to lift at least 20 million people out of the risk of poverty and exclusion by 2020 is an important step forward. However, delivering on this and the Union’s four other mutually reinforcing targets, and achieving the EU’s ambitious social objectives, raises many political and technical challenges. These are examined in depth in this book.
A key objective of the book is to take a critical look at and draw lessons from the past, 2000–2010 Lisbon Strategy. Another important objective is to explore the format and role of EU coordination and cooperation in the social field in the new EU governance framework, in a context marked by slow recovery after the global economic crisis. Finally, the book also makes proposals for the further reinforcement of this coordination and cooperation and for the improvement of the different instruments available at EU, national and sub-national levels.
The analysis and concrete proposals presented in the book will be invaluable to policy-makers, researchers and other stakeholders interested in contributing to building a more Social EU. They will help to encourage new ideas and innovative approaches.

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Foreword .............................................................................................. 11 Laurette ONKELINX List of Main Abbreviations and Acronyms Used .............................. 13 1. Europe 2020: Towards a More Social EU? .................................. 15 Hugh FRAZER and Eric MARLIER, with David NATALI, Rudi VAN DAM and Bart VANHERCKE 1.1 Policy Context and Objectives of the Book ............................. 15 1.2 Overall Architecture of Europe 2020 ....................................... 18 1.3 Outline of the Contents ............................................................ 27 1.4 A More Social EU .................................................................... 33 2. Mapping the Components of Social EU: A Critical Analysis of the Current Institutional Patchwork ...... 45 Maurizio FERRERA 2.1 Introduction .............................................................................. 45 2.2 The Challenge: Closure vs. Opening ....................................... 48 2.3 A New “Nested” Architecture .................................................. 52 2.4 A More Social EU: Reconfiguring the Patchwork ................... 55 2.5 Europe 2020 and Its Institutional Potential .............................. 63 2.6 Conclusion ............................................................................... 65 3. Aftershock: The Coming Social Crisis in the EU and What Is to Be Done ................................................ 69 Roger LIDDLE and Patrick DIAMOND, with Simon LATHAM and Tom BRODIE 3.1 Introduction .............................................................................. 69 3.2 The Multidimensional Nature of the Crisis, the Challenge It Poses to Solidarity and the Present Ambiguity of EU Integration .......................... 71 3.3 The Multidimensional Nature of the Crisis .............................. 76 3.4 The Role of the EU and How Its Social Dimension Might Be Strengthened ............................................................ 86 3.5 Conclusion: Pointers for the Future ......................................... 88 8 4. The Lisbon Strategy, Europe 2020 and the Crisis in Between .............................................................. 93 David NATALI 4.1 Approaching Europe 2020: the Lisbon Strategy and the Crisis ........................................... 93 4.2 The Lisbon Strategy: Logics and Promises .............................. 94 4.3 Economic and Financial Crisis: A Three-Step Process ............................................................... 97 4.4 The Lisbon Strategy Ten Years on: A More...

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