Title
The European social fund and domestic activation policies : Europeanization mechanisms The European social fund and domestic activation policies : Europeanization mechanisms
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Sociology
Publication type
article
Publication
Harlow ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
Journal of European social policy. - Harlow, 1991, currens
Volume/pages
21(2011) :1 , p. 55-72
ISSN
0958-9287
1461-7269
ISI
000288696600004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This article analyses the effects of the European Social Fund (ESF) on domestic activation policies in the three Belgian regions: Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels. We argue that over the last decade the ESF has had a catalytic impact, first on the innovation of activation instruments, second on the governance of employment policies and third on policy framing. We explain how three different mechanisms (leverage, conditionality and learning) generate these effects and how they can account for a differential influence in different regions. We conclude by summarizing our research findings and framework, suggesting its usefulness for analyzing other domestic settings and European policy instruments.
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