Governing Social Inclusion: Europeanization Through Policy Coordination
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Kenneth A. Armstrong
658 g
236x165x30 mm
Oxford Studies in European Law

Winner of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies 2011 book prize

From the Amsterdam Treaty to the Lisbon Strategy, there have been efforts to coordinate a European policy for social inclusion. In exploring these developments this book brings to the fore the emerging multi-level governance of social inclusion through its socio-legal and critical analysis of developments over the last decade.
Winner of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies 2011 book prize
1: Introduction: New Modes of Governance in the EU and UK: what's new about the governance context for tackling social exclusion?; 2: EU Approaches to Social Inclusion; 3: UK Approaches to Social Inclusion; 4: The 'Open Method of Co-ordination'; 5: The UK National Action Plans on Social Inclusion (2001-3/2003-5); 6: The Evolving OMC Process; 7: Tackling Social Exclusion: what's law got to do with it?; 8: Social Inclusion and Democractic Constitutionalism; 9: Conclusion
The pursuit of social solidarity and social justice has typically occurred within the boundaries of nation states. Yet in 2000, EU Member States committed themselves to make a decisive impact on the eradication of poverty and agreed to coordinate their activities within the framework of a novel governance process: the Open Method of Coordination (OMC). This book analyzes the emerging governance of social inclusion in the EU and the use of the OMC as a mechanism of
Europeanization of domestic social policy.

Armstrong's exploration of EU interventions to combat poverty and social exclusion addresses the changing constitutional, policy and governance context in which these interventions have occurred. It traces the impact of debates surrounding the Lisbon Treaty and the Lisbon Strategy in framing the possibilities and limits of EU action. Drawing on primary documentary material, on interviews with key actors and on a wide range of academic literature, this study offers a socio-legal account of the
successes and failures of a decade of EU policy coordination.

Utilizing the conceptual and theoretical tools associated with institutionalist analysis and experimental governance to develop the discussion of Europeanization, the book will be of value not only to scholars working on EU policymaking but also to those interested in changing patterns of public authority in the social sphere more generally.