Changing European Employment and Welfare Regimes: The Influence of the Open Method of Coordination on National Reforms

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-06-19
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book examines how national labour market and social welfare policies have been influenced by the European Employment Strategy and the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) processes on Social Protection/Inclusion.

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
List of contributorsp. xi
List of abbrevationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Open Method of Coordination: a pathway to the gradual transformation of national employment and welfare regimes?p. 10
Neither convergence nor frozen paths: bounded learning, international diffusion of reforms, and the Open Method of Coordinationp. 37
Unemployment protection reform in Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, and the UK: policy learning through open coordination?p. 61
The Open Method of Coordination and domestic social policy making in Belgium and France: window dressing, one-way impact, or reciprocal influence?p. 84
Joining the European Employment Strategy: Europeanization of labour market policy making in the Baltic statesp. 112
Soft Europeanization? The differential influence of the European Employment Strategy in Belgium, Spain, and Swedenp. 134
North, South, East, West: the implementation of the European Employment Strategy in Denmark, the UK, Spain, and Polandp. 154
The micro-politics of the Open Method of Coordination: NGOs and the social inclusion process in Swedenp. 173
Europeanization of domestic employment and welfare regimes: the German, French, and Italian experiencesp. 192
The Open Method of Coordination and reform of national social and employment policies: influences, mechanisms, effectsp. 214
Indexp. 246
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