Governing Social Inclusion: Europeanization through Policy Coordination

Hardcover | September 26, 2010

byKenneth A. Armstrong

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In May 1997, European leaders met in Amsterdam to agree a further round of revisions to the founding Treaties of the European Union. Embedded within its new social policy provisions was an objective for the EU and the Member States to combat social exclusion. By 2000, a new governancetechnique - the 'Open Method of Co-ordination' - had emerged as the means of taking forward this objective, utilising a combination of EU-level objective-setting and decentralised policy-making. May 1997 also saw a new Labour government sweep to power, promising constitutional change - includingdevolution of powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - and pledging to tackle poverty and social exclusion. Strategies to tackle social exclusion are now conducted in a multi-level context. On the one hand, the EU is seeking to steer national systems through the open method of co-ordination. On the other hand, in the United Kingdom, it is not only central government policies that aim to tackle socialexclusion, but also the devolved administrations and local government. It is not only the levels of governance that have changed but also the techniques and the actors involved. New forms of partnership have emerged at EU, national and sub-national levels between governmental and non-governmental organisations. All of which raises challenges to orthodox democraticconstitutionalism, and possibilities for democratic experimentalism. In all of this, law, and in particular, European Union law, seems to have been decentred in favour of new normalising practices associated with social indicators and the mapping of exclusion. By exploring this changing governance context, the book addresses the impact of new modes of governance on the conduct of social inclusion strategies in the EU and UK.

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In May 1997, European leaders met in Amsterdam to agree a further round of revisions to the founding Treaties of the European Union. Embedded within its new social policy provisions was an objective for the EU and the Member States to combat social exclusion. By 2000, a new governancetechnique - the 'Open Method of Co-ordination' - had...

Kenneth A. Armstrong was Lecturer in Law at the University of Keele, 1993-97. He has been Reader in European Union Law, Queen Mary at the University of London from 1998 to present.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:September 26, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199278377

ISBN - 13:9780199278374

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Table of Contents

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 Chapter 3 UK Approaches to Social Inclusion3. UK Approaches to Social Inclusion4. The 'Open Method of Co-ordination'5. The UK National Action Plans on Social Inclusion (2001-3/2003-5)6. The Evolving OMC Process7. Tackling Social Exclusion: what's law got to do with it?8. Social Inclusion and Democractic Constitutionalism9. Conclusion