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

Adrian Kay, R.W. Ackrill

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)361-375
    JournalJournal of European Social Policy
    Volume17
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

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