Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth
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Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

Political Entrepreneurship for a Prosperous Europe

Edited by Charlie Karlsson, Daniel Silander and Brigitte Pircher

This study explores the Europe 2020 strategy and the role of European political entrepreneurship in debating, shaping and implementing this strategy within the EU. The book sets out to explore the content, conditions and consequences of Europe 2020 by analysing the plan for a future prosperous EU economy. The main focus is on European political entrepreneurship and how the strategy has been debated and decided on, and then implemented from a governance perspective with multiple European actors.
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Chapter 4: The European Parliament and the Europe 2020 strategy: an arena for public debate or political entrepreneurship?

Mats Öhlén


As the only directly elected EU institution, the European Parliament has a potentially important role for the legitimacy of the Europe 2020 strategy. The aim of this chapter is to examine how the Europe 2020 strategy has been debated in the European Parliament and to identify elements of political entrepreneurship in the European Parliament in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy. The analysis, based on plenary debates, resolutions and reports, concludes that the debate included both a Left–Right and an EU-integration conflict, but also contextual issues like the Greek crisis, the relation between the Parliament and the European Council. There was also some discontent that the Parliament was too little involved in the process around the strategy. There are elements of political entrepreneurship in the European Parliament regarding the strategy, both at the individual and institutional level, but its tools are limited due to its limited formal influence regarding the Europe 2020 strategy.

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