EU Socio-Economic Governance since the Crisis: The European Semester in Theory and Practice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

EU Socio-Economic Governance since the Crisis

The European Semester in Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Jonathan Zeitlin, Amy C Verdun


156 pages

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This book is the first to be dedicated entirely to the European Semester -- a new framework for policy coordination across European Union (EU) member states. The Semester represents a major advancement in EU governance. Created in 2010 in the wake of the financial and sovereign debt crises and revamped in 2015, it was intended to provide a new socio-economic governance architecture to coordinate national policies without transferring legal sovereignty to EU level. The papers in this collection are written by authors who have already contributed to this literature and have conducted original research for their studies. The book offers an empirical and theoretical assessment of the European Semester, examining its implications along three critical axes, running respectively between the economic and the social, the supranational and the intergovernmental, and the technocratic and democratic poles of EU governance. The book concludes that the European Semester challenges established theoretical understandings of EU governance, as it is a prime example of the complexity that supersedes simple polar oppositions.

The chapters were originally published in a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: the European Semester as a new architecture of EU socioeconomic governance in theory and practice

Amy Verdun and Jonathan Zeitlin

1. Socializing the European Semester: EU social and economic policy co-ordination in crisis and beyond

Jonathan Zeitlin and Bart Vanhercke

2. Flexicurity in the European Semester: still a relevant policy concept?

Sonja Bekker

3. Deciding on the European Semester: the European Council, the Council and the enduring asymmetry between economic and social policy issues

Adina Maricut and Uwe Puetter

4. Enforcing the European Semester: the politics of asymmetric information in the excessive deficit and macroeconomic imbalance procedures

James D. Savage and David Howarth

5. Cherry-picking external constraints: Latvia and EU economic governance, 2008–2014

Edgars Eihmanis

6. Explaining the evolving role of national parliaments under the European Semester

Mark Hallerberg, Benedicta Marzinotto and Guntram B. Wolff

7. Parliamentary accountability in multilevel governance: what role for parliaments in post-crisis EU economic governance?

Ben Crum

About the Editors

Jonathan Zeitlin is Distinguished Faculty Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Amsterdam, and Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE).

Amy Verdun is Professor of Political Science, Jean Monnet Chair Ad Personam, and the Faculty of Social Science Lansdowne Distinguished Fellow in European Integration Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada.

About the Series

Journal of European Public Policy Series

This series seeks to bring together some of the finest edited works on European Public Policy. Reprinting from Special Issues of the Journal of European Public Policy, the focus is on using a wide range of social sciences approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, to gain a comprehensive and definitive understanding of Public Policy in Europe.

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