Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Law, governance, or new governance - the changing open method of coordination

Armstrong, Kenneth and Kilpatrick, Claire (2007) Law, governance, or new governance - the changing open method of coordination. Columbia Journal of European Law, 13 (3). pp. 649-678. ISSN 1076-6715

Full text not available from this repository.


As a novel technique of governance within the European Union, the "open method of coordination" (OMC) has attracted a significant degree of attention from the political science and legal community. Typically, analyses of the OMC characterize it with regard to two dominant conceptual reference points: the dichotomies of old/new governance and of hard/soft law. In this Article, the authors signal their dissatisfaction with the explicit or implicit deployment of these binary classifications: while these dichotomies function as a shorthand for change, absent the prop of comparison, they provide little explanatory purchase on the nature of different coordination processes, differences across processes and changes within process. The Article develops its extended critique of the EU governance literature through the use of case-studies on the European Employment Strategy and the OMC on Social Protection and Social Inclusion.

Item Type: Article
Official URL:
Additional Information: © 2007 The Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law, Columbia University
Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2009 09:37
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:35

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item