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Young people and contradictions of inclusionTowards Integrated Transition Policies in Europe$
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Andreu Lopez Blasco, Wallace McNeish, and Andreas Walther

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861345547

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861345547.001.0001

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The European strategy for youth employment: a discursive analysis

The European strategy for youth employment: a discursive analysis

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(p.85) Five The European strategy for youth employment: a discursive analysis
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Young people and contradictions of inclusion
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Amparo Serrano Pascual

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861345547.003.0005

This chapter critically analyses the concepts and discourses related to the European Employment Strategy (EES), which, since its adoption in 1997, has had significant influence on national, regional, and local policies addressing young people's transitions to work. It reconstructs and at the same time deconstructs the process of the ‘Europeanisation’ of transition policies as one that coincides with a more individualising approach towards youth unemployment. Terms such as ‘employability’ or ‘activation’ reflect a shift from a lack of employment opportunities for young people to a ‘deficit’ notion of youth.

Keywords:   EES, work transition, young people, Europeanisation, youth unemployment

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