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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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Notes on the Contributors Kenneth Armstrong Kenneth Armstrong is Reader in European Union Law at Queen Mary, University of London. He has written widely on issues of Euro- pean law and governance. His current research focuses on the Open Method of Co-ordination in the social inclusion sphere and more gener- ally on the use ofOMC in the context of the Lisbon Strategy. Jean-Claude Barbier A senior researcher (CNRS) at the Centre d'etudes de l'emploi (Noisy-le-Grand, France), Jean-Claude Barbier heads its "Employment and Social Protection" research unit. As a sociologist, he particularly specialises in comparative research. Social policies, employment poli- cies and the broad social protection systems in a European context are his main fields. He also conducts empirical and theoretical research about the various EU level co-ordination mechanisms, especially the European Employment Strategy. In recent years, he published Les politiques de I 'emploi en Europe (Flam marion, 1997); Les politiques de l'emploi en Europe et aux Etats-Unis, with J. Gautie (PUF, 1998); La flexibilite du travail et de I 'emploi, with H. Nadel (Flammarion, 2000); Le nouveau systeme franrais de protection sociale, with B. Theret (La Decouverte, 2004). He has contributed to many collective volumes, among which (also with B. Theret) "The French Social Protection System: Path Dependencies and Societal Coherence", in Gilbert, N. and Van Voorhis, R. (eds.), Changing Patterns of Social Protection (Trans- action Publishers, 2003). Milena Biichs Milena BUchs is a PhD student at the Humboldt University, Berlin, Institute for Social Science. Her dissertation deals with the...

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