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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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Europeanization through Policy Coordination

Europeanization through Policy Coordination

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Governing Social Inclusion

Kenneth A. Armstrong

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Chapters 3 and 4 highlighted processes of institutionalization and institutional change at EU level as one interpretation of ‘Europeanization’. This chapter explores a different interpretation, namely the capacity of European sources to exert domestic influence. Using the concepts, methods, and typologies associated with this strand of Europeanization literature, it analyses the OMC as a source of influence on strategies and policies to combat poverty and social exclusion in the United Kingdom. Changes in the polity — devolution of powers in politics, the election of ‘New’ Labour to power in 1997 — and in policy, explicit commitments and targets to tackle social exclusion and end child poverty, are explored as variables mediating the capacity for EU governance to exert influence. The chapter concludes that notwithstanding substantial accommodation of the OMC as a governance technique, examples of direct policy influence are elusive.

Keywords:   social exclusion, Europeanization, United Kingdom, devolution, New Labour, direct policy influence

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