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Palgrave Macmillan

Assessing the Open Method of Coordination

Institutional Design and National Influence of EU Social Policy Coordination

ISBN 9781137022615
Publication Date March 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Work and Welfare in Europe

Based on the findings of a large-scale, comparative research project, this book systematically assesses the institutional design and national influence of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on Social Inclusion and Social Protection, at the European Union (EU) level and in ten EU Member States. Besides offering novel empirical and theoretical insights into the operation and impact of the OMC, the book presents an up-to-date perspective on the future of social policy coordination within the Europe 2020 Strategy. The book is required reading for anyone concerned with understanding the contribution of new forms of governance to the past and future development of Social Europe.

Egidijus Barcevičius is Director for Research and Policy Advice at the Public Policy and Management Institute, Lithuania, and Lecturer at Vilnius University, Lithuania.
J. Timo Weishaupt is Junior Professor of Sociology of the Welfare State at the University of Mannheim, Germany.
Jonathan Zeitlin is Professor of Public Policy and Governance and Jean Monnet Chair in European and Transnational Governance at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is also Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE). He has published extensively on the Open Method of Coordination and EU governance, including The Open Method of Co-ordination in Action (2005); Changing European Employment and Welfare Regimes (2009); and Experimentalist Governance in the European Union (2010).

1. Institutional Design and National Influence of EU Social Policy Coordination: Advancing a Contradictory Debate
2. Tracing the Social OMC from its Origins To Europe 2020
3. Is the Social OMC Fit for Purpose? Adequacy and Institutional Design, 2006-2010
4. An OMC for all Policies: is Belgium (still) the Best Pupil in the Class?
5. The Social OMC in France: the Realm of the Happy Few?
6. The Social OMC in Germany: Slow but Steady?
7. The Social OMC in Denmark: European Ideas Meet Domestic Politics
8. The Social OMC in the UK: Beyond Cheap Talk?
9. The Social OMCs at Work: Identifying and Explaining Variations in National Use and Influence

Vicki Donlevy, Policy and Research Division of Ecorys, UK

Caroline de la Porte, University of Southern Denmark

Helene Schönheinz, University of Salzburg, Austria

Bart Vanhercke, European Social Observatory, Belgium


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