European Welfare Policy in the Shadow of Hierarchy

Morten T Thulstrup, Jannik B Strøjer, Theis B Jensen & Sune Juul-Sørensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The Lisbon strategy presented the Open Method of Coordination; an innovative governance method which differs from the traditional Community method. It is the tool by which the ambitious goals of the Lisbon Strategy are to be achieved. At the halfway mark it is failing to meet these goals. The current problems of the Lisbon strategy and the fact that an overwhelming economic problem is to be solved without coercive mechanisms prompt us to turn to the concept of the Shadow of Hierarchy in order to examine the future of European Welfare Policies. The report analyses historical cases of European Welfare Policy in order to establish whether the Shadow of Hierarchy has played a role in European integration. On the basis of the Historical cases we seek to analyses how a future integration of the European Employment Strategy will develop in the Shadow of Hierarchy and we thereby seek to depict a future scenario in a case where the Lisbon Agenda fails.

UddannelserOffentlig Administration, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 jun. 2005
VejledereKenneth Lynggaard


  • Fritz Scharpf
  • the Constitutional Treaty
  • Shadow of Hierarchy
  • Open Method of Coordination
  • Labour market policy
  • The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
  • Lison Process
  • EU
  • Rational Choice Institutionalism
  • Scoaiological Institutionalism
  • The Social Charter
  • European Monetary Union
  • Welfare policy
  • Historical institutionalism