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The European Employment StrategyLabour Market Regulation and New Governance$
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Diamond Ashiagbor

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279647

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279647.001.0001

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The evolution of the European Employment Strategy: towards full employment

The evolution of the European Employment Strategy: towards full employment

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The European Employment Strategy

Diamond Ashiagbor

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the European Employment Strategy, particularly the employment guidelines, the institutional framework for employment policy generation, and the implications of the attempt to integrate economic, employment and social policies. The influence of economic policy in the form of the Broad Economic Policy Guidelines and the Stability and Growth Pact; the three-pillar approach of the European Employment Pact, placing economic reform (the Cardiff process) and macro-economic dialogue (the Cologne process) alongside the coordinated employment strategy (the Luxembourg process); and the link between employment and competitiveness are all factors which strongly suggest a deregulatory agenda for the European Employment Strategy. Such emphasis on economic cohesion and convergence, at the expense of social policy and social protection, was thrown into sharp relief following the landmark European Council meeting in Lisbon in 2000, where for the first time since the introduction of the Employment Title, an explicit attempt was made to fully integrate policies on employment, economic reform and social cohesion.

Keywords:   European Employment Strategy, employment policy, social policy, economic policy, deregulation, Employment Title, European Council, European Employment Pact, European Union

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