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ERIC Number: EJ795020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-1474-9041
The European Social Fund: The Commission, the Member State and Levels of Governance
Brine, Jacqueline
European Educational Research Journal, v3 n4 p777-789 2004
The European Social Fund (ESF) is the European Union structural fund that redistributes funds to facilitate vocational education and training (VET). With the exception of the Common Agricultural Policy it is the EU's largest instrument for redistribution. Currently linked to the European Employment Strategy it match-funds, and through its policies, directs, much of the Member State's training for unemployed people. Drawing on a discursive analysis of ESF official policy text from 1957 to 2000, the article explores the relationship between the different actors and levels of governance involved in the construction of the EU: the Council, the Commission and the nation state. There are two strands to the article's argument: first, that Member State politicians and officials use the EU governmental space to make policies that they would otherwise find difficult to introduce at the national level. Second, that despite its apparent focus on vocational education and training the Social Fund's main function is to distribute funds to maintain political stability within, across and between the Member States and this is a vital requirement for the construction of the Union. (Contains 1 table.)
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Language: English
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