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Governing Social InclusionEuropeanization through Policy Coordination$
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Kenneth A. Armstrong

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278374

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278374.001.0001

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Europeanizing Social Inclusion—Theory, Concepts and Methods

Europeanizing Social Inclusion—Theory, Concepts and Methods

(p.1) 1 Europeanizing Social Inclusion—Theory, Concepts and Methods
Governing Social Inclusion

Kenneth A. Armstrong

Oxford University Press

The opening chapter identifies and explains the key theoretical, conceptual, and methodological issues explored in the research. In particular, the ‘governance’ and European dimensions of public policy efforts to combat poverty and social exclusion are brought into focus. Specific attention is paid to the contribution of ‘institutionalist’ perspectives on governance and a connection is drawn between ‘discursive institutionalism’ and past analyses that have explored multiple and overlapping social exclusion discourses. It is suggested that EU policy coordination efforts are framed by competing policy frames and articulated through a range of policy discourses, which combine to produce a plurality of policy paradigms that are institutionalized within and across the governance architecture of policy coordination. Although law is decentred from this picture, this new governance architecture remains of concern to scholars of EU law.

Keywords:   governance, EU law, institutionalism, poverty, social exclusion, policy paradigms, discourse analysis, policy framing

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