Socializing the European Semester? Economic governance and social policy coordination in Europe 2020


The European Semester of policy coordination, which is the core of EU’s new institutional architecture for economic and social governance, introduced since the beginning of the Euro crisis, has prompted questions about the nature and dynamics of the EU’s emerging socio-economic governance architecture. In this report, which refers several times to the EU Semester Alliance, Jonathan Zeitlin and Bart Vanhercke argue that since 2011, there has been a partial but progressive ‘socialization’ of the European Semester. This can be understood not only as the response from i.e. the European Commission to the growing social and political discontent with austerity policies, but also a product of reflexive learning and creative adaptation on the part of social and employment actors.

This publication is part of SIEPS´ research project on Social Europe and was presented by Jonathan Zeitlin himself in a workshop on Governance in the 2014 Annual Convention against Poverty.

Open Socializing the European Semester? (2014:7) (full text and summary).

Jonathan Zeitlin is Distinguished Faculty Professor of Public Policy and Governance, University of Amsterdam, and Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies – ACCESS EUROPE. Bart Vanhercke is Director at the Brussels-based European Social Observatory (OSE).