When Soft Law Overshadows other European Resources: Portuguese Reconciliation Policies and Usages of Europe

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Abstract

In the analysis of the usages of Europe in Portuguese reconciliation policies presented in this article, we found a general concordance/temporal sequence between EU and national level developments. In an overall context of limited policy change induced by the EU, the main actors using EU resources were political entrepreneurs: firstly, ministerial elites, and secondly, high-level officials either in government or in the independent bodies for gender equality. These actors used primarily cognitive and financial resources: the European Employment Strategy (cognitive usage), and EU funds (strategic usage), whereas legal resources were not used. Finally, cognitive usage occurred in the beginning of the reform process (the EU was reform initiator) whereas strategic usage took place to support existing goals during the reform process (the EU was reform supporter).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-124
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Security
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011

Keywords

  • European Union
  • Portugal
  • reconciliation
  • usages of Europe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (miscellaneous)

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