Over the last decades, the introduction of incremental European social regulation has led to the development of a genuine EU social policy. This involves a complex institutional arrangement for shared governance and joint policy making, which has gradually affected the workings of welfare states’ institutional structures and policy-making processes. Bart Vanhercke’s research focuses on one particular ‘soft’ EU social policy instrument, the Open Method of Coordination and Social Protection and Social Inclusion. He tries to understand whether and how this instrument has become a significant element in the shaping of national and EU policies over the last decade.
B.W.R. Vanhercke: Inside the Social Open Method of Coordination. The Hard Politics of ‘Soft’ Governance.
Prof. J.H. Zeitlin
Dr J. Visser
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