The Impact of Europeanization on Social Policy - A comparative analysis of social inclusion policies in Denmark and France 1998-2008

Helle Damgaard Nielsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This thesis explores the effects of Europeanization in Denmark and France within the area of social inclusion over a ten year period from 1998-2008 by means of an empirical document analysis. The point of departure is the European cooperation in the field of social policy, which began in 2000 and now functions under the Open Method of Coordination, and how attempts from the EU to introduce new initiatives and objectives are received in the two chosen member states. Denmark and France differ on many areas, but both countries are well ahead of EU policies regarding social inclusion. Nevertheless the expected responses to Europeanization are that of resistance from Denmark and a larger degree of accommodation in France due to differences in the domestic shaping of social policy and institutional set-up in the two countries. The analysis shows different outcomes of Europeanization such as absorption and inertia but a relatively high fit between domestic and European social inclusion policy structures. The extent to which Denmark and France react to the OMC and its emphasis on exchange of best practice and peer reviews turned out to be slightly unreceptive in Denmark because of its possible conflict with the Danish social model whereas the legislative and institutional set-up in France allows for a more straightforward accommodation to Europeanization pressure.

UddannelserEU-studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato14 maj 2008
VejledereKennet Lynggaard


  • Social policy
  • OMC
  • Open Method of Coordination
  • Europeanization
  • Denmark
  • France