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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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Social Policy Coordination and the Lisbon Strategy

Social Policy Coordination and the Lisbon Strategy

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Governing Social Inclusion

Kenneth A. Armstrong

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the origins of, and motivations for, EU interventions to combat poverty and social exclusion in the 1980s and 1990s, and contrasts these with the explicit treaty commitments to combat social exclusion and new policy objectives of modernizing social protection systems emerging in the late 1990s. The development of the Lisbon strategy in 2000 provided a policy context and matrix for the articulation of these new commitments and objectives with the OMC as the governance tool for their implementation. In detail, the chapter explores the development and institutionalization of the architectural elements of EU social policy coordination, from the adoption of common objectives and indicators, to the production of national action plans, joint reports, and peer reviews. Notwithstanding the absence of more legally-defined processes, what emerged was a highly institutionalized process through recursive interaction of governmental and non-governmental actors.

Keywords:   Lisbon strategy, social exclusion, social protection, policy objectives, social indicators, peer review

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