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The question of EU legitimacy in the Social OMC peer review process / Dion, Curry

Journal of European Social Policy, Volume: 26, Issue: 2, Pages: 168 - 182

Swansea University Author: Dion, Curry

DOI (Published version): 10.1177/0958928716637141

Abstract

This paper examines the structural kand relational factors that affect perceptions of legitimacy in the EU's Social Open Method of Coordination, particularly in its peer review process. Using multi-level governance as its analytical framework, the paper uses network analysis to examine the...

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Published in: Journal of European Social Policy
Published: 2016
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa23534
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Abstract: This paper examines the structural kand relational factors that affect perceptions of legitimacy in the EU's Social Open Method of Coordination, particularly in its peer review process. Using multi-level governance as its analytical framework, the paper uses network analysis to examine the actor networks and relations within the peer review process over time, and links this with different conceptions of input and throughput legitimacy, and the findings show that the peer reviews do not significantly feed into either input or throughput legitimacy. While input legitimacy is improved somewhat by the inclusion of additional actors in the policy process, these actors do not have a clear role to play and the peer reviews remain driven by traditional actors. In terms of throughput, the process does positively address issues of transparency, procedure and information provision, there is no clear path for translating these processes into an increase in perceptions of legitimacy.
Keywords: Legitimacy, multi-level governance, European Union, social policy, networks
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 2
Start Page: 168
End Page: 182