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Delegation in Inconsistency : the 'Lisbon Strategy' Record an an Institutional Failure

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  • Eloi Laurent

    (Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques)

  • Jérôme Creel

    (Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques)

  • Jacques Le Cacheux

    (Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques)

Abstract

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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  • Eloi Laurent & Jérôme Creel & Jacques Le Cacheux, 2005. "Delegation in Inconsistency : the 'Lisbon Strategy' Record an an Institutional Failure," Sciences Po publications 2005-07, Sciences Po.
  • Handle: RePEc:spo:wpmain:info:hdl:2441/2301
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    1. Eloi Laurent & Jacques Le Cacheux, 2007. "What (Economic) Constitution does the EU need?," Documents de Travail de l'OFCE 2007-04, Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE).
    2. Eloi Laurent, 2007. "From Competition to Constitution: Races to Bottoms and the Rise of 'Shadow' Social Europe," Working Papers hal-00972706, HAL.
    3. repec:spo:wpecon:info:hdl:2441/3681 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Mihut Ioana-Sorina, 2015. "Challenges Of The Recent Financial Crisis Upon The European Union Economic Governance," Annals - Economy Series, Constantin Brancusi University, Faculty of Economics, vol. 3, pages 218-223, June.
    5. 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.
    6. repec:spo:wpecon:info:hdl:2441/2281 is not listed on IDEAS
    7. Eloi Laurent & Jacques Le Cacheux, 2006. "Country size and strategic aspects of structural reforms in the EU," Post-Print hal-00976439, HAL.
    8. repec:spo:wpecon:info:hdl:2441/3531 is not listed on IDEAS
    9. repec:spo:wpecon:info:hdl:2441/2085 is not listed on IDEAS
    10. Jérôme Creel & Jacques Le Cacheux, 2006. "La nouvelle désinflation compétitive européenne," Revue de l'OFCE, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 98(3), pages 7-36.

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    JEL classification:

    • N14 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: 1913-
    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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