The open method of coordination and policy mainstreaming: the European Employment Strategy and regional conversion programmes in the UK

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Series Details Vol.12, No.1, January 2004, p123-141
Publication Date 2004
ISSN 0965-4313
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This article is a critical exploration of the issues raised by the attempts to integrate aims and concerns derived from one European Union (EU) policy domain into another. It does this via an examination of the ways in which the European Employment Strategy (EES) has been taken into account in the design and implementation of Structural Fund programmes in the 2000-2006 round. In particular, it examines the nature of this 'mainstreaming' relationship in terms of the structures and mechanisms associated with current Objective 1 programmes operating in the UK. It maps out the vertical and horizontal linkages between European, national and regional levels, and assesses the extent to which strategic frameworks, programme guidance and programme content have successfully integrated EES considerations. The article concludes by identifying some implications for theories of European governance.

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