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New Governance in European Social Policy

The Open Method of Coordination


Part of the Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics book series (PSEUP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: New Governance and the Dilemma of European Union Social Policy

  3. The Open Method of Coordination

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Milena Büchs
      Pages 19-38
  4. Member State Responses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Milena Büchs
      Pages 59-71
  5. Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Milena Büchs
      Pages 97-129
    3. Milena Büchs
      Pages 130-151
    4. Milena Büchs
      Pages 152-160
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 161-206

About this book


Büchs analyses the goals and instruments of the Open Method of Coordination, discusses approaches which theorize its functioning, examines its policy content and develops a framework for its evaluation. Through the examination of a case study the author demonstrates how policy actors apply the OMC in employment in Germany and the United Kingdom.


employment Europe European Employment Strategy Germany Governance Institution Policy social policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social SciencesUniversity of SouthamptonUK

About the authors

MILENA BÜCHS is Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton, UK.

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'Overall, the book is very well written and the careful analysis of the UK and Germany illustrates why, when and under which circumstances the EES has been used in these two very diverse countries.' - Caroline de la Porte, Journal of European Social Policy