Beyond the neoliberal paradigm? Images of Social Europe in open method of coordination employment peer reviews

Minna van Gerven* (Corresponding Author), Marinus Ossewaarde

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Abstract

This article seeks to understand how, within the open method of coordination peer review process, the European Union (EU) together with member states envision the processes of European integration within the employment policy field. Our theoretical framework draws light on alternatives, nuances, and tendencies of discursive potential for transcending the neoliberal image at the core of the European Social Policy literature. A content analysis of employment guidelines (1998-2015) and best practices in the peer review programs for employment policies (1999-2015) shows how the EU seeks to find credible roles for itself in employment policy and how in this process different ideas and even more practices prevail. We find clues for transcending the neoliberal picture, visions of a different Europe that is more in accord with the European values of liberal Social Europe and cosmopolitan Social Europe than is generally proposed in this context.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1354-1366
Number of pages13
JournalSocial policy and administration
Volume52
Issue number7
Early online date2 Feb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Keywords

  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Employment
  • Liberal
  • Neoliberal
  • Open method of coordination
  • Peer review
  • Best practices

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