Open method of coordination versus ?. Robert Salais Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin CONNEX Mid-term Conference Mannheim, MZES, 3-5 November 2005. Information as the basis for coordination.
Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu BerlinCONNEX Mid-term ConferenceMannheim, MZES, 3-5 November 2005
Data (quantitative or qualitative) are not facts of nature, but social facts → Information is built up, produced and selected
Reports, data, analysis, standards of evaluation, indicators, EC recommendations are the hard objects of the OMC: imposing an informational basis for social policies
A neighbourhood community aiming at collectively improve its local police (Sabel ideal-type)
A system of national and supranational actors superlatively trained into strategic action and bargaining?
Footnote: Due the limited competences given to the European level, member states are not held responsible for a substantial improvement in European employment, nor do they feel themselves accountable to such improvement when they define their employment policy actions. The only constraint is that they have agreed – and this commitment derives from the management by objectives of the OMC – to be accountable vis-à-vis the Commission with regard to their national scores over the whole set of indicators.