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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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Relaunching the Lisbon Strategy and the Streamlining of Policy Coordination

Relaunching the Lisbon Strategy and the Streamlining of Policy Coordination

(p.96) 4 Relaunching the Lisbon Strategy and the Streamlining of Policy Coordination
Governing Social Inclusion

Kenneth A. Armstrong

Oxford University Press

The Lisbon strategy was relaunched in 2005 and with it three strands of social policy coordination — social inclusion, pensions, health and long-term care — were streamlined into a single process. This chapter explores the implications of changes at the policy and governance levels for the development of EU interventions to combat poverty and social exclusion. Particular attention is paid to the capacity of the process to prioritize certain thematic areas like child poverty and to develop statistical and analytical capacity as a means of strengthening policy analysis. Tensions between a ‘multidimensional’ understanding of social exclusion and an increasing focus on active inclusion through the labour market are highlighted. Significant constitutional change — in terms of the negotiation and adoption of the Constitutional Treaty — also framed EU social policy, highlighting ambiguities both as to the role of the OMC in EU governance and commitments to ‘social Europe’.

Keywords:   Constitutional Treaty, streamlining, social Europe, active inclusion, child poverty

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