Toward a European Social Policy—At Last?

Bruno Palier and Philippe Pochet

in The State of the European Union Vol. 7

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780199283958
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603297 | DOI:
Toward a European Social Policy—At Last?

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The achievements in European social policy are generally considered weak at best. The European Union’s apparent liberal and supply-side bias lends credence to the idea of a convergence towards the ‘hegemonic American model’. Yet employment policies and social protection policies have been formally included in European competencies under a specific procedure, the ‘Open Method of Coordination’. The unintended consequence of European economic and monetary integration is that different European organizations now compete for competence in the growing EU social field. This leads to considerable innovation in policy orientation and practices.

Keywords: Open Method of Coordination; race to the bottom; supply-side; spillover; employment policy; social policy

Chapter.  9093 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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