Legitimately Diverse, Yet Comparable: On Synthesizing Social Inclusion Performance in the EU

37 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2004

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L. Cherchye

KU Leuven; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Wim Moesen

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB)

Tom Van Puyenbroeck

European Academy of Brussels

Abstract

The open method of co-ordination (OMC) intends to enhance EU Member States' performance on social inclusion. In this context a set of commonly agreed performance indicators plays an important role. While the communicative power of a synthetic indicator has been recognized, several objections have been raised against such a construction. In this article, we argue that a set of separate indicators can in principle be combined into a meaningful synthetic performance index without giving up on the notion of subsidiarity, and without fundamentally impairing the peer pressure incentives that constitute an important rationale for OMC. We complement the presentation of the conceptual framework with a number of empirical applications, thereby indicating how the basic method may be instrumental for policy benchmarking practice.

Suggested Citation

Cherchye, Laurens and Moesen, Wim and Van Puyenbroeck, Tom, Legitimately Diverse, Yet Comparable: On Synthesizing Social Inclusion Performance in the EU. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=623026

Laurens Cherchye (Contact Author)

KU Leuven ( email )

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Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

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Wim Moesen

KU Leuven - Faculty of Business and Economics (FEB) ( email )

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Leuven, B-3000
Belgium

Tom Van Puyenbroeck

European Academy of Brussels ( email )

1000 Brussels
Belgium

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