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From harmonization to co-ordination? EU law in the Lisbon governance architecture

Smismans, Stijn ORCID: 2011. From harmonization to co-ordination? EU law in the Lisbon governance architecture. Journal of European Public Policy 18 (4) , pp. 504-524. 10.1080/13501763.2011.560073

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The debate on the nature of law in the Lisbon Strategy has focused on the Open Method of Co-ordination (OMC), which has been defined in opposition to the Community Method, suggesting a shift from hard law to soft law. This contribution goes beyond this ‘either–or’ debate by analysing Lisbon as a governance architecture, composed of ideational and organizational components, affecting EU law. Although co-ordination is the central organizational device of this architecture, it has multiple meanings and cannot be reduced to the OMC. In the Lisbon Strategy, soft co-ordination is combined with hard law. The ideational and organizational components of Lisbon also have an effect on both the quantity of regulatory output and on the nature of EU law. Yet, the Lisbon governance architecture has only a very modest effect on the case law.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community method, co-ordination, EU law, hard law, regulation, soft law
Additional Information: Special Issue: "The politics of the Lisbon Agenda: governance architectures and domestic usages of Europe"
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1350-1763
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:39

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