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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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Strengthening the Governance of Social Inclusion

Strengthening the Governance of Social Inclusion

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Governing Social Inclusion

Kenneth A. Armstrong

Oxford University Press

A decade of the Lisbon strategy and of policy coordination through the OMC has produced little change in the number of households at risk of income poverty. Meanwhile the economic recession following a global financial crisis has threatened to wipe out past gains. It is against this economic background, together with a changed legal and institutional context, and a new policy context — Europe 2020 — that this chapter evaluates how to strengthen EU intervention. It cautions against assumptions that strengthening implies hardening the social OMC, either by turning to ‘hard law’ or mimicking treaty-based coordination processes. Rather, it suggests that the task for policymakers is to learn the specific lessons of a decade of experience in order to improve the institutional design of coordination processes, including adoption of ‘hybrid’ solutions. Impulses to centralize decision-making ought to be resisted.

Keywords:   recession, Europe 2020, hybridity, hard law, coordination, institutional design

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