From the Lisbon Strategy to EUROPE 2020

Bengt-Åke Lundvall and Edward Lorenz

in Towards A Social Investment Welfare State?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9781847429247
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447305613 | DOI:
From the Lisbon Strategy to EUROPE 2020

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This chapter compares the Europe 2020 strategy with the Lisbon strategy from 2000. It shows how the intentions behind the Lisbon strategy to promote knowledge-based economic growth with more social cohesion were given after only five years and how the Open Method of Coordination was too soft for implementing the intentions behind the strategy. The weaknesses that made the Lisbon strategy insufficient as scaffolding for the Euro-collaboration remain in the Europe 2020 strategy, and now, only a movement towards a European Economic and Social Union, with strong focus upon more social and more regional cohesion, can save the European project. But this would require a kind of leadership, common vision and capacity to build democratic support currently missing in Europe.

Keywords: Lisbon Strategy; Europe 2020; European Welfare State; social cohesion; social investment

Chapter.  7441 words. 

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