Studying EU Soft Law Effects in Social Policy

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Miriam Hartlapp

Freie Universität, Berlin

Emilia Korkea‐aho

University of Helsinki

Olivier André

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Francesco Spera

Unisalento

Mariolina Eliantonio

Maastricht Center for European Law

Barbara A. Beijen

Radboud University Nijmegen - Faculty of Law; Utrecht University - School of Law; Centre for Environmental Law and Policy/ Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea

Gorazd Justinek

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ewan McGaughey

School of Law, King's College, London; Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: August 7, 2020

Abstract

This working paper presents the results of research carried out by the social policy team of the SoLaR network. The research examined how the Commission’s guidelines and recommendations in the field of EU social policy take effect in a number of Member States: Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, UK and Slovenia. We look at the transposition into the national legal order and complement insights with exploratory interviews with administrative authorities and judges regarding their view and their use of EU social soft law. The paper consists of two parts. The first section introduces the policy area and sheds light on the substance and policy-making process of the soft law instruments studied. The second part turns to the selected Member States. We comparatively assess the effects soft law took and discuss cross cutting aspects.

Keywords: Social policy; EU law; Soft law; Member States

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

Hartlapp, Miriam and Korkea‐aho, Emilia and André, Olivier and Spera, Francesco and Eliantonio, M. and Beijen, Barbara A. and Justinek, Gorazd and McGaughey, Ewan, Studying EU Soft Law Effects in Social Policy (August 7, 2020). King's College London Law School Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3668981 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3668981

Miriam Hartlapp (Contact Author)

Freie Universität, Berlin ( email )

Boltzmannstr. 3
Berlin, 14195
Germany

Emilia Korkea‐aho

University of Helsinki

No Address Available

Olivier André

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Francesco Spera

Unisalento ( email )

Lecce
Italy

M. Eliantonio

Maastricht Center for European Law ( email )

PO Box 616
Maastricht, 6200 MD
Netherlands

Barbara A. Beijen

Radboud University Nijmegen - Faculty of Law ( email )

Nijmegen, 6500 KK
Netherlands

Utrecht University - School of Law ( email )

3508 TC Utrecht
Utrecht
Netherlands

Centre for Environmental Law and Policy/ Netherlands Institute for the Law of the Sea ( email )

University of Utrecht
Achter Sint Pieter 200
Utrecht, 3512 HT
Netherlands

Gorazd Justinek

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Ewan McGaughey

School of Law, King's College, London; Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge ( email )

Somerset House East Wing
Strand
London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom

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University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

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Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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