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Towards A Social Investment Welfare State?Ideas, Policies and Challenges$
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Nathalie Morel, Bruno Palier, and Joakim Palme

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429247

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429247.001.0001

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From the Lisbon Strategy to EUROPE 2020

From the Lisbon Strategy to EUROPE 2020

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(p.333) Thirteen From the Lisbon Strategy to EUROPE 2020
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Towards A Social Investment Welfare State?
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Bengt-Åke Lundvall

Edward Lorenz

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847429247.003.0013

This chapter compares the Europe 2020 strategy with the Lisbon strategy from 2000. It shows how the intentions behind the Lisbon strategy to promote knowledge-based economic growth with more social cohesion were given after only five years and how the Open Method of Coordination was too soft for implementing the intentions behind the strategy. The weaknesses that made the Lisbon strategy insufficient as scaffolding for the Euro-collaboration remain in the Europe 2020 strategy, and now, only a movement towards a European Economic and Social Union, with strong focus upon more social and more regional cohesion, can save the European project. But this would require a kind of leadership, common vision and capacity to build democratic support currently missing in Europe.

Keywords:   Lisbon Strategy, Europe 2020, European Welfare State, social cohesion, social investment

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