In recent years new or experimental approaches to governance in the EU, namely the Open Method of Coordination (OMC), have attracted great interest and controversy. This book examines the European Employment Strategy (EES) and its implementation through the OMC, exploring the promises and limitations of the EES for EU social law and policy and for the safeguard of social rights. This significant and timely work offers new insights and fresh perspectives into the operation of New Governance and its relationship with both European and national law and constitutionalism.
This book will be of great interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students working in European law – specifically in the field of EU employment law and gender equality – and European governance studies in general.
'this book represents a very useful contribution for students of EU legal and political science studies … the academic and political potentials of Velluti's elaborate, subtle and imaginative conceptual frame--revisiting the relationships between law, constitutionalism and new governance--are important. Her book deserves to be read carefully by the vast community of EU labour lawyers as well as by the federalism-oriented EU political scientists, both groups being generally keen to stick to hard law and the Community method. This book constitutes an opportunity for continuing the debate with them in a very challenging and constructive manner.' - Janine Goetschy, European Law Review 2011, 36(1), 155-157
"Velluti's work deserves to be praised for its ability to elaborate upon and critically analyse the complexities of the EES in a broader, and extremely well developed, theoretical context. It scores highly in terms of engaging rigorously and productively with the New Governance and constitutionalism discourses and undoubtedly adds to the already well developed critical analyses of the EES and OMC produced by EU and labour law scholars. Overall a highly commendable work that leaves very few stones unturned." - Nicola Contouris, Yearbook of European Law (2011) 30(1) 465-467
1. Introduction 2. Conceptualizing "New" EU Governance: Revisiting Law and Constitutionalism in an Evolving European Union 3. The Impact of Globalization, Market Integration and EMU on EU Social Governance 4. The Evolution of European Labour Law: from "Employment Law" to "Employment Policy" 5. The European Employment Strategy and its Implementation through the Open Method of Coordination 6. Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in the Re-Articulation of Labour Market Policies in Italy, Denmark and the Czech Republic 7. An Assessment of Ten Years of Existence of the European Employment Strategy 8. Conclusion