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Europeanisation of German labour market policy?: the European employment strategy scrutinised

Fleckenstein, Timo (2006) Europeanisation of German labour market policy?: the European employment strategy scrutinised. German Politics, 15 (3). pp. 284-301. ISSN 0964-4008

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Identification Number: 10.1080/09644000600877719


Considerable policy change has been initiated with the recent labour market reforms in Germany. Discussing these reforms, commentators focused on the national factors driving these changes, while the ‘European’ dimension of labour market policy-making was largely neglected. By contrast, in the literature on European social policy, the capacity of the European Employment Strategy (EES) to contribute to domestic policy change is much discussed. Accordingly, this article asks whether the neglect of the EES in the labour market policy literature results in incomplete explanations of policy change; or, put differently, did the EES possess the capacity to effectively Europeanise German labour market policy? It is concluded that the EES did not possess the capacity to Europeanise German labour market policy to any significant extent. Thus, its neglect appears to reflect the insignificance of the EES so far.

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Additional Information: © 2006 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DD Germany
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J4 - Particular Labor Markets > J48 - Public Policy
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2011 13:43
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 13:22

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