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The Political Economy of Social Europe: The case of inclusion policies

Schelkle, Waltraud. (2003) The Political Economy of Social Europe: The case of inclusion policies. European Political Economy Review, 1 (2). pp. 191-221.

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    EU governments have engaged in a coordinated effort to combat social exclusion. This is puzzling for empirical and theoretical reasons. The paper argues that integration of social inclusion policies can be explained by the political economy of domestic reform, driven by structural change in EU welfare states, facilitated by the new Open Method of Coordination. This explanation is contrasted with the view that European integration is motivated by EU bureaucrats’ interest in expanding their competencies and national administrations’ attempt to instrumentalise the EU for protection of their clientele.

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    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: OMC.
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > governance: EU & national level
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > social policy > general
    EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > institutional development/policy > decision making/policy-making
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Journals > European Political Economy Review
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2006
    Page Range: pp. 191-221
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:40

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