Europeanization and the Political Economy of Active Labour Market Policies

European Union Politics, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 217-239

36 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2011 Last revised: 26 Aug 2014

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Olaf van Vliet

Leiden University - Leiden Law School; Leiden University - Department of Economics

Ferry Koster

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Faculty of Social Sciences

Date Written: June 1, 2011

Abstract

Previous studies show that reforms in labor market policies differ across countries. This may be partly owing to the impact of European integration on these policy reforms. Whereas most of these studies are qualitative case studies, the present study aims at explaining cross-national variation in expenditures on active labour market policies (ALMPs) quantitatively. Relying on pooled time-series data, the study tests whether and how Europeanization influenced activation. The analyses lead to the conclusion that the European Employment Strategy (EES) has contributed to shifts from passive to active labour market policies. Using new indicators, we trace the impact of specific mechanisms of the EES, resulting in evidence for the influence of mutual learning through the peer review programme.

Keywords: active labour market policies, European employment strategy, europeanization, open method of coordination, welfare state

JEL Classification: F15, J08, H53, H62

Suggested Citation

van Vliet, Olaf and Koster, Ferry, Europeanization and the Political Economy of Active Labour Market Policies (June 1, 2011). European Union Politics, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 217-239. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1894716

Olaf Van Vliet (Contact Author)

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Ferry Koster

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Faculty of Social Sciences ( email )

3000 DR Rotterdam
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.ferrykoster.nl

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