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The Open Method of Co-ordination in Action

The European Employment and Social Inclusion Strategies

Jonathan Zeitlin og Philippe Pochet

Peter Lang 2005 511 s. ISBN 9052012806
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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.


Contents: Lars Magnusson: Foreword - Jonathan Zeitlin: Introduction. The Open Method of Co-ordination in Question - Philippe Pochet: The Open Method of Co-ordination and the Construction of Social Europe. A Historical Perspective - David M. Trubek/Louise G. Trubek: The Open Method of Co-ordination and the Debate over «Hard» and «Soft» Law - Kerstin Jacobsson: Trying to Reform the «Best Pupils in the Class»? The Open Method of Co-ordination in Sweden and Denmark - Maurizio Ferrera/Stefano Sacchi: The Open Method of Co-ordination and National Institutional Capabilities. The Italian Experience - Jelle Visser: The OMC as Selective Amplifier for National Strategies of Reform. What the Netherlands Want to Learn from Europe - Christine Erhel/Lou Mandin/Bruno Palier: The Leverage Effect. The Open Method of Co-ordination in France - Milena Büchs/Dawid Friedrich: Surface Integration. The National Action Plans for Employment and Social Inclusion in Germany - Kenneth A. Armstrong: How Open is the United Kingdom to the OMC Process on Social Inclusion? - Rory O'Donnell/Brian Moss: Ireland: The Very Idea of an Open Method of Co-ordination - Caroline de la Porte/Philippe Pochet: Participation in the Open Method of Co-ordination. The Cases of Employment and Social Inclusion - Jill Rubery: Gender Mainstreaming and the OMC. Is the Open Method Too Open for Gender Equality Policy? - Jean-Claude Barbier: The European Employment Strategy, a Channel for Activating Social Protection? - Jonathan Zeitlin: Conclusion. The Open Method of Co-ordination in Action. Theoretical Promise, Empirical Realities, Reform Strategy.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Editors: Jonathan Zeitlin is Professor of Sociology, Public Affairs, and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is also Founding Director of the European Union Center and Director of the Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy.
Philippe Pochet is Director of the Observatoire social européen and invited lecturer at the Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
Lars Magnuson is Professor of Economic History at Uppsala University and Research Director at the National Institute for Working Life, Sweden.