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The EU at work? The European employment strategy from crisis to crisis

TitleThe EU at work? The European employment strategy from crisis to crisis
Publication TypeInternational peer-reviewed journal article
AuthorsVan Rie, T., & Marx I.
Year of Publication2012
JournalJournal of Common Market Studies
Volume50
Paginationp. 1-28
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
Abstract

The European Employment Strategy (EES) emerged in the early 1990s under the influence of an
acute rise in unemployment and the introduction of economic and monetary union (EMU). Its
purpose is to foster convergence towards lower unemployment and higher employment. This article
considers these outcomes over a longer time frame and in a broader geographical context than
previous studies have done. Overall, outcomes in the EU-15 improved and converged since the
introduction of EES. Comparisons suggest that these developments do not merely reflect long-term
or international trends. The recent crisis, with deteriorating and divergent outcomes, might signal
the start of a new EES cycle.

Issue2
Citation Key3132
ISSN NumberISSN 0021-9886
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1111/j.1468-5965.2011.02206.x
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