The Open Method of Co-ordination and the Analysis of Mutual Learning Processes of the European Employment Strategy

Peter Nedergaard

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    The purpose of this paper is to address two normative and interlinked methodological and theoretical questions concerning the Open Method of Coordination (OMC): First, what is the most appropriate approach to learning in the analyses of the processes of the European Employment Strategy (EES)? Second, how should mutual learning processes be diffused among the Member States in order to be efficient? In answering these two questions the paper draws on a social constructivist approach to learning thereby contributing to the debate about learning in the political science literature. At the same time, based on the literature and participatory observations, it is concluded that the learning effects of the EES are probably somewhat larger than what is normally suggested, but that successful diffusion still depends on a variety of contextual factors. At the end of the paper a path for empirical research based upon a social constructivist approach to learning is suggested.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationFrederiksberg
    PublisherDepartment of Business and Politics. Copenhagen Business School
    Number of pages28
    ISBN (Print)8791690005
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    SeriesWorking Paper / Department of Business and Politics


    • OMC
    • Social constructivism
    • Learning
    • Discourse analysis
    • Policy diffusion
    • European Employment Strategy

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