The open method of coordination as a ‘two-level game’

Büchs, M. (2008) The open method of coordination as a ‘two-level game’. Policy & Politics, 36, (1), 21-37. (doi:10.1332/030557308783431689).


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One of the most discussed issues surrounding the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) is the way in which it influences national social policies. This article argues that the question of influence is incorrectly posed. Instead, the OMC has to be understood as a 'two-level game' in which member state governments and non-governmental actors try to have an impact on the definition of the OMC objectives and, subsequently, strategically and selectively use the OMC in national policy-making processes. This, however, entails problems in terms of the transparency of policy-making processes and the accountability of national governments.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1332/030557308783431689
ISSNs: 0305-5736 (print)
1470-8442 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Sociology and Social Policy
ePrint ID: 47322
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
1 January 2008Published
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:23

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