EU Co‐Ordination and the Convergence of Domestic Unemployment Protection Schemes

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Jörg Paetzold

University of Salzburg

Olaf van Vliet

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

Date Written: September 2014

Abstract

The European Employment Strategy (EES) aims to promote convergence towards higher employment and lower unemployment by soft law instruments. Previous studies in the Europeanization literature on the impact of the EES are mainly focused on active labour market policies. This article explains cross‐national variation in national passive labour market policies. Building on new pooled time‐series data, the empirical findings reveal the presence of a convergence process among the most advanced economies regarding passive labour market policy efforts, with the EES fostering this trend even further. Furthermore, the findings support the argument that the EES creates pressure on governments to reform domestic labour market policies, but this pressure varies across countries and over time. The findings provide new insights into the relationship between Europeanization and convergence, which may be relevant for EU co‐ordination more generally – for example, for the EU 2020 strategy.

Suggested Citation

Paetzold, Jörg and van Vliet, Olaf, EU Co‐Ordination and the Convergence of Domestic Unemployment Protection Schemes (September 2014). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 52, Issue 5, pp. 1070-1089, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2479039 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12139

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