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Youth employability discourse in the European Union: a comparative analysis of the discourse in the European Parliament and the Council on the European Union between December 2009 and June 2013

Ruppert, A-R. (2013) Youth employability discourse in the European Union: a comparative analysis of the discourse in the European Parliament and the Council on the European Union between December 2009 and June 2013.

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Abstract:This thesis seeks to find the differences in the framing of employability via analyzing the discourse on youth unemployment in the European Union since December 2009. The time period was chosen because the Treaty of Lisbon conveyed more power to the European Parliament and it is expected that the European Parliament has developed its own positions in the discourse on youth unemployment opposed to the Council of the European Union. In order to detect these potential differences the press releases of the Employment and Social Affairs committee of the Parliament and the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council were analyze. The main features of employability that are used in this research are entrepreneurship and employability. It has been found that the European Parliament seems to be framing its statements more in the direction of collective responsibility whereas the Council also highlights the importance of individual responsibility. In terms of entrepreneurship the comparative analysis is limited as the Parliament has only slightly referred to this feature of employability. In the Council it can be seen that over time the urge of implementing political measures to foster entrepreneurship in order to lower youth unemployment has increased. The establishing of a youth guarantee – the right to receive a work or further education offer within four months of being unemployed – transfers more possibilities to young people for making their voice heard in EU politics. The discursively established right which has a non-binding character however provides them with a frame for issuing their demands.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/63800
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