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Domestic Europeanization – institutional entrepreneurs and welfare state change

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Zirra, Sascha

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Corporate Editor University of Edinburgh, Publication and Dissemination Centre (PUDISCwowe)
Abstract In this paper, we examine the domestic Europeanization of employment policy in two Continental countries — Germany and France. While both countries have experienced substantial labour market reforms in the last decade, the reform fields differ considerably. This paper argues that this is because the appropriation of European resources depends on the domestic patterns of bureaucratic co-ordination. Our analysis reveals that, in Germany horizontal co-ordination has fostered a discursive strategy of a unit in the labour ministry that contributed to the cognitive change towards activation. In France, centralistic co-ordination has blocked the labour ministry from substantial discursive strategy, but by a programmatic strategy it has contributed to improving existing schemes of insertion.
Keywords Europeanization; Federal Republic of Germany; France; employment policy; institutionalization; institutional change; reform; labor market policy
Classification Economic Policy; Labor Market Policy
Free Keywords Europeanization; Germany; France; neo-institutionalism; employment policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
City Edinburgh
Page/Pages 32 p.
Series Working Papers on the Reconciliation of Work and Welfare in Europe, REC-WP 09/2010
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications