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Europe, Globalization and the Lisbon Agenda

Europe, Globalization and the Lisbon Agenda

Edited by Maria João Rodrigues

The Lisbon Agenda aims to prepare Europe for globalization by updating European policies for research, innovation, competition, trade, employment, education, social protection, environment and energy at both the European and national levels. Designed to inspire the new cycle of the Lisbon Agenda until 2010 and beyond, this timely and significant volume explores the intellectual elaboration of the agenda for the coming years.

Chapter 4: The Lisbon Strategy and Social Europe: Two Closely Linked Destinies

Janine Goetschy

Subjects: innovation and technology, innovation policy, politics and public policy, european politics and policy


Janine Goetschy In reply to Rodrigues’s key issues raised in Chapter 3, this chapter examines the extent to which the Lisbon Strategy has transformed the content and functioning of ‘social Europe’. This calls for a ‘contingent’ and ‘dynamic’ analysis of the Lisbon Strategy: in 2000, the Lisbon Strategy was a ‘contingent’ answer to a specific European Union (EU) political, social and economic situation, but over the following eight years, the initial project has, on the basis of various EU-level assessments, transformed itself as a result of the increasing pressure of globalization and changing EU and Member State priorities (be it the preferences of the various EU presidencies, of the Commission or of the 27 Member States). The chapter is also a plea for the idea that the Lisbon Strategy and social Europe are two closely linked destinies for political and economic reasons. 4.1 A SOCIAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE GENESIS AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE LISBON STRATEGY European Social Policy: Historical Evolution and Situation in 2000 In this section, I examine the genesis of the Lisbon Strategy, and the state of EU social policies in 2000, asking how a specific constellation of EU economic, social and education challenges produced a ‘historical’ strategy. In 2000, after the establishment of the common market, the internal market, and the advent of economic and monetary union, the EU faced a new milestone: as an ever-evolving political project built progressively and on a piecemeal basis, it needed to gain renewed impetus by launching a new...

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