This article focuses on one of the more elaborate new modes of governance in function in the EU context — the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) — and examines its varying degree of institutionalization on policy fields. Three explanations for differences in institutionalization of OMCs are tested through a comparative study of two OMCs adopted in policy fields related with the knowledge-based society theme. The empirical findings indicate that the institutionalization of an OMC can be best explained by a particular constellation of member-state preferences, in combination with a catalytic role of the European Commission.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Journal of European integration = Revue d'intégration Européenne|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
- Open Method of Co-ordination
- European Union
- Multilateral surveillance
- Research and development