Before and After the Economic Crisis
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Before and After the Economic Crisis

What Implications for the ‘European Social Model’?

Edited by Marie-Ange Moreau

This timely book casts new light on the key issues arising from the contentious debate around the future of the European Social Model. The book brings together leading experts to provide a thorough and well-informed response to the recent developments in European social and labour law and policy, in the light of institutional changes. The contributors provide unique insights as they evaluate the impact of the enlargement processes, the implications of the Lisbon treaty, the integration of the Charter into EU law – and, crucially, the consequences of the economic crisis.
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Chapter 4: ‘Quality in Work’ After the Lisbon Strategy: Is There a Future?

Haris Kountouros


Haris Kountouros* The failure of the Lisbon Strategy to achieve the objectives it set a decade ago, coupled with the continuing socio-economic crisis engulfing Europe, raises a serious question as to the future of the European social model. A significant element of this model relates to ‘quality in work’, a multidimensional concept which formed one of the specific objectives of the strategy. What lessons can we draw from the failure of the Lisbon Strategy and what can be the prospects for quality in work after Lisbon? Amidst the crisis, is there any scope for regulatory instruments aiming at better jobs and, if so, on what principles should these be based? Relatedly, does Lisbon have anything still to offer in this respect? QUALITY IN WORK WITHIN THE LISBON MODEL In March 2000 the European Council’s summit in Lisbon set out political directions for the development of a comprehensive framework of policies and measures involving a range of domestic and supranational actors in a strategy which would aim to make the Union by 2010 the ‘most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion’.1 The specific objectives of the three main polices involved – economic, employment and social – were to be promoted on the basis of a triadic model underpinned by ‘quality’.2 The strategy was to be deployed using legislation, the open method of coordination, dialogue between the various stakeholders, the Union funds, and research and analysis. ‘Quality in...

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