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The ‘cultural’ open method of coordination: Is it up to the job?

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The article focuses on the use of the open method of coordination (OMC) in the field of culture. Its aim is to explore the adequacy of the cultural OMC in achieving its specific goals. The article examines the configuration and functioning of the cultural OMC through two distinct cycles (2008−10 and 2011−14), investigating the capacity of the process to structure Member States’ cultural cooperation, to foster exchanges of best practice and to feed national and European Union (EU) cultural policies through the formulation of policy recommendations. The analysis draws on desk research and interviews carried out with the European institutions, Member States’ cultural authorities and OMC participants in the cultural field. The article demonstrates that overall the cultural OMC is well-equipped to fulfil its mission and suggests that targeted changes to its format and operation could further strengthen its potential to do so.
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Keywords: OMC; best practice; cultural cooperation; cultural policy; policy coordination; policy recommendations

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)

Publication date: September 1, 2017

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