Transparency in a New Global Order
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Transparency in a New Global Order

Unveiling Organizational Visions

Edited by Christina Garsten and Monica Lindh de Montoya

This book argues that transparency is a concept that has gained increasing currency and favour as an organizing principle and administrative goal in recent years. Calls for transparency have been directed towards states, markets, corporations and national political processes as well as towards large institutions such as the European Union.
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Chapter 7: Transparency at Work: The Production of Indicators for EU Employment Policy

Renita Thedvall


Renita Thedvall INTRODUCTION: ‘TRANSPARENCY’ ACROSS EUROPEAN LABOUR MARKETS Within the European Union (EU) member states are currently striving to co-ordinate their labour market policies. To do this, the members of the EU have developed a strategy for employment policy that should guide employment policy in the member states. This strategy is commonly known as the European Employment Strategy and includes the EU employment guidelines that are supposed to guide member states’ labour market policies.1 The EU employment guidelines are initiated by the European Commission,2 and discussed and negotiated in one of the EU committees, the Employment Committee,3 and its working groups the Indicators group and the Ad hoc group,4 and decided on by the member states in the Council of the European Union.5 The guidelines are then to be implemented in the member states. In relation to the guidelines, there are indicators developed to monitor and assess progress within member states and between member states. These indicators are developed, discussed and negotiated in the Employment Committee mentioned above, and are used as tools for making policies more ‘transparent’, in the sense that the outcomes of policies are made visible through measurable indicators in statistical diagrams and tables. The process of developing indicators to make EU labour market policies transparent is the focus of this chapter. (For related discussions of the wide use of transparency, in proposing and enforcing new configurations of economic life and in the regulation of markets, see the chapters by Garsten and Lindh...

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