Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Fog over the channel

Here is a paper I've just written with my LSE colleague Christa van Wijnbergen. We've called it 'Europeanization and Welfare State Change in the UK: Another Case of Fog Over the Channel?' after the famous (and fictitious, I think) newspaper headline 'Fog over the channel: continent isolated'. As part of a collective project on the impact of Europe on welfare state reforms, we've looked at the extent to which Labour's 'welfare to work' strategy might have been influenced by European-level initiatives (the European Employment Strategy and Lisbon agenda). We conclude that Labour followed policies consistent with the European agenda, but that European influences were not the reason why these policies were adopted.

Read more here.