The paper examines whether the European Pillar of Social Rights can be considered to be a discursive and ideational change regarding the existing employment and so-cial policies of the European Union. Using the analytical framework of discursive institutionalism with supplements from discourse theory and ideational theory, the aim is the show how the ideas behind the European Pillar of Social Rights has brought forth a change in the employment and social policies of the European Un-ion. The onset for the analysis is a historical walkthrough of the employment and social policies of the European Union from the Rome Treaty up until the proclama-tion of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
The historical analysis examines the political ideological struggle for dominance be-tween ordoliberalism and social democracy, which is later used as a context for the analysis of the European Pillar of Social Rights.
In the analysis of the European Pillar of Social Rights, focus is placed on the story of the Pillar, the discursive struggles, and policy changes. The analysis of the story tells that the European Pillar of Social Rights is a turning point for the European Union and the way to restore trust in the union regarding the discourse. The discursive struggles reveal - in the context of the historical analysis - that social democratic ideas are used to legitimize the European project; though in the study of the policy of the ESSR it appears that the pillar does not change the existing policies around employment. Instead, the social democratic ideas in the pillar build on a foundation of ordoliberal ideas and can thus - through the ‘process of bricolage’ - be seen as an ideational change. The discourse around and regarding the pillar shows a change on how employment and social policies is prioritized relative to economic policies.
|Uddannelser||Forvaltning, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||30 maj 2018|
|Vejledere||Magnus Paulsen Hansen|