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The Open Method of Co-ordination in Action

The European Employment and Social Inclusion Strategies – Second Printing


Edited By Jonathan Zeitlin and Philippe Pochet

No development in European integration has aroused greater interest or greater controversy in recent years than the Open Method of Co-ordination (OMC), which has become an increasingly broadly applied instrument of EU governance since its invention as part of the «Lisbon Strategy» in 2000. Yet it is widely agreed that the debates surrounding the OMC suffer from a serious empirical deficit. This book, based on an international research network organised by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Observatoire social européen, and the SALTSA Programme, focuses on two highly developed OMC processes, the European Employment and Social Inclusion Strategies, concentrating on their operation and influence at national and subnational levels. It comprises a combination of national and comparative studies, covering eight countries (Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) and four transversal themes (hard and soft law, participation, gender equality, activation). These studies are framed by a historical overview of the OMC’s place in the construction of Social Europe, and by a synthetic conclusion, which assesses the available evidence on the OMC in action, and proposes a reflexive reform strategy for realising its theoretical promise as a new mode of EU governance.


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ACA AlAS ALMPs ANPE APNC ASMK BOA BDI BEPG BMWA CASE CBS CDSEI CE CEC CEEP CEMR CEVIPOF CNEL CPA CRE CSF CSR DAEI DG DGB DGEFP List of Abbreviations Allocation de chomeur age Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Active Labour Market Policies Agence nationale pour l'emploi Anti-poverty Network Cymru Arbeits- und Sozialministerkonferenz (Conference of the Labour and Social Affairs Ministries) Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbande Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie Broad Economic Policy Guideline(s) Bundesministerium fur Wirtschaft und Arbeit Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion Central Bureau of Statistics Comite du dialogue social sur les questions europeennes et internationales Community Employment Commission of the European Communities European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises of General Economic Interest Council of European Municipalities and Regions Centre d'etudes de Ia vie politique fran~aise Comitato nazionale per l'Economia e illavoro Combat Poverty Agency Contrat de retour a l'emploi Community Support Framework Comprehensive Spending Review Delegation aux affaires europeennes et internationales Directorate General Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund Delegation generale a l'emploi et a Ia formation professionnelle 9 The Open Method of Co-ordination in Action DIHK DIW DSCFA DWP EAPN EAPP ECB ECHP ECPR EEGs EES EFCW EGGE ElS ElTC EMCO EMU EP EPC ESF ESRI ETUC EU EUI FAS FCC FEA Deutschen lndustrie- und Handelskammertages Deutsches Institut ftir Wirtschaftsforschung Department of Social, Community and Family Affairs Department of Work and Pensions European Anti-poverty Network England Anti-poverty Platform European Central Bank European Community Household Panel European Consortium for Political Research European Employment Guidelines European...

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