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The fight against unemployment as a main concern of European social policy: the implications of a new, local-level approach

Carla Valadas

in Administering welfare reform

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346520
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301417 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346520.003.0010
The fight against unemployment as a main concern of European social policy: the implications of a new, local-level approach

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This chapter talks about the fight against unemployment, which is considered as a primary concern of European social policy. The chapter begins by addressing the argument that welfare state variations should be considered if one wants to reach an understanding of how welfare states are exposed and react to international pressures. It is followed by an analysis of Territorial Employment Pacts (TEPs). Empirical evidence from a case study of a Portuguese TEP is provided as well. The chapter ends with a discussion of the role and impact of the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) on welfare state reform, specificially the Portuguese welfare state and power relations in Portugal.

Keywords: unemployment; Europe; social policy; welfare state; Territorial Employment Pacts; Open Method of Coordination; power relations; Portugal

Chapter.  6389 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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