The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and also Richard Sinnott, Ines Katenhusen and Wolfram Lamping for their feedback on an earlier version of this article.
Benchmarking Europe's Lab Benches: How Successful has the OMC been in Research Policy?
Article first published online: 1 FEB 2010
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JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies
Volume 48, Issue 2, pages 293–318, March 2010
How to Cite
MCGUINNESS, N. and O'CARROLL, C. (2010), Benchmarking Europe's Lab Benches: How Successful has the OMC been in Research Policy?. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, 48: 293–318. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5965.2009.02053.x
- Issue published online: 1 FEB 2010
- Article first published online: 1 FEB 2010
This article traces the progress of the open method of co-ordination in research policy, and examines one of its strands, the Mobility Strategy, as a ‘best practice’ OMC. Despite the critical analyses it has received to date, we argue that the OMC has shown the potential to impact on national systems and achieve convergence, albeit not necessarily of a quantitative kind. Under the Ljubljana Process, the OMC has been confirmed as the central method of governance to further develop the European research area and here we put forward several recommendations for its future application.