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Delegation in inconsistency: the Lisbon strategy record as an institutional failure

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In this paper, we develop an analysis of the reasons for the apparent failure of the “Lisbon strategy” (2000) so far. After having made the general case for a comprehensive “institutionalist perspective” on the European economy, we first try to formalise the objectives of “Lisbon” in order to present a mid-term review of the results attained. Since we find, like many others, that too little has been achieved, we then offer some possible explanations. Apart from an inconsistency problem between the different objectives set, we argue that the major reason for this failure appears to lie in the contradiction between the EU macroeconomic policy framework, based on the logic of delegation of power and control to independent authorities with conservative objectives, and the proactive policies required by the “Lisbon strategy”, which objectives the EU member states eventually find themselves accountable for (not) achieving individually.

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Paper provided by Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE) in its series Documents de Travail de l'OFCE with number 2005-07.

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Keywords: European Union; “Lisbon strategy”; Institutions; Delegation; Inconsistency; Macroeconomic policy; Structural Reform;

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  1. Eloi Laurent & Jacques Le Cacheux, 2006. "Country size and strategic aspects of structural reforms in the EU," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/3681, Sciences Po.
  2. Eloi Laurent & Jacques Le Cacheux, 2007. "What (Economic) Constitution Does the EU Need ?," Sciences Po publications N°2007-04, Sciences Po.
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  4. Eloi Laurent & Jacques Le Cacheux, 2006. "Integrity and Efficiency in the EU: The Case against the European economic constitution," Sciences Po publications 130, Sciences Po.
  5. Jérôme Creel & Jacques Le Cacheux, 2006. "La nouvelle désinflation compétitive européenne," Sciences Po publications info:hdl:2441/2085, Sciences Po.
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