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The European semester : analyzing the relative importance of social and economic objectives.

Veen, Linsey van der (2014) The European semester : analyzing the relative importance of social and economic objectives.

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Abstract:Since the onset of the financial and economic crisis in 2007/2008, the European Union has made numerous efforts to reinforce economic governance. One of these has been the creation of the European Semester, a single policy coordination cycle which can be considered to lie at the heart of the new institutional architecture for economic and social governance. The rapid evolution of the European Semester raises questions about the relationships between institutions and member states, and social and economic policies. A qualitative content analysis, guided by a historical institutionalist framework, was conducted in order to analyze to what extend the European Semester has become more social and to what extend the European Commission can be held responsible for this change. Its findings include that, although economic objectives still dominate the European Semester, there is a small and modest change towards more socialization, which coincides with the historical institutionalist concept of path-dependency. Furthermore, although the changes within the European Semester give the European Commission more powers, the findings suggest that the Commission can only go as far as the member states allow.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/66508
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