The European Union’s governance of health care and the welfare modernization agenda
Article first published online: 10 FEB 2008
2008 The Author Journal compilation
Regulation & Governance
Special Issue: Health Care and New Governance: The Quest for Effective Regulation
Volume 2, Issue 1, pages 103–120, March 2008
How to Cite
Hervey, T. K. (2008), The European Union’s governance of health care and the welfare modernization agenda. Regulation & Governance, 2: 103–120. doi: 10.1111/j.1748-5991.2007.00028.x
- Issue published online: 10 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 10 FEB 2008
- Accepted for publication 6 November 2007.
- European Union;
- Open Method of Coordination
In the face of “permanent welfare austerity,” the European Union (EU) is increasingly involved in the governance of health care through various “new governance” tools. This development coincides with a growing interest in modernization of welfare, including health care. One of the fundamental critiques of new governance in the EU context concerns the (perceived) inability of new governance to protect the “social” against the “market” in Europe’s constitutional settlement. Using multi-level governance and constructivist approaches, this article considers whether the EU’s governance of health care via the “Open Method of Coordination” advances a neo-liberal agenda of health care modernization.