Financing social and cohesion policy in an enlarged EU: plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose?

Kay, A. and Ackrill, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-0739-1812, 2007. Financing social and cohesion policy in an enlarged EU: plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose? Journal of European Social Policy, 17 (4), pp. 361-374. ISSN 0958-9287

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The development of the Open Method of Coordination, agreement on the Lisbon Agenda and EU enlargement offered the prospect of a new and substantial EU social policy agenda. This article considers EU social and cohesion policies in the context of the recent negotiation of the EU budget for 2007—13. We find the Commission's wish to redistribute EU spending in favour of these policy areas and new member states was thwarted by key political features of EU budget making: CAP spending levels which are downwardly sticky; institutional arrangements which provide for budget making as, at best, a zero-sum game; and the preferences of contributor member states in the EU-15 to contain overall spending while preserving their net budget positions. Questions are thus raised as to the ability of the EU to make any progress, from a budgetary perspective, on the social and cohesion policy agenda in an enlarged EU.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of European Social Policy
Creators: Kay, A. and Ackrill, R.
Date: 2007
Volume: 17
Number: 4
ISSN: 0958-9287
Rights: Copyright 2004 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:38
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:35

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