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Title: Europeanization of Social Inclusion Policy in Macedonia – Trends, Challenges and Potential Benefits
Authors: Gerovska Mitev, Maja
Issue Date: Apr-2013
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Source: Gerovska Mitev, M. (2013), Europeanization of Social Inclusion Policy in Macedonia – Trends, Challenges and Potential Benefits. Social Policy & Administration, 47: 182-198. doi:10.1111/spol.12014
Journal: Social Policy and Administration
Abstract: The article explores policies, trends and challenges related to social inclusion in Macedonia, and assesses the contribution of EU strategic frameworks and instruments towards the country's greater inclusive growth. In this respect, the article starts by exploring existing instruments for pre‐accession (IPAs) which are relevant for the achievement of the EU 2020 goals. Then the article offers a country analysis related to issues such as poverty, material deprivation, as well as exclusion from the labour market, accompanied by an overview of policies and measures undertaken by the current government in the respective domains. Unfavourable socio‐economic trends, such as undeclared work, jobless growth, high unemployment and poverty rates, present serious challenges to the creation of an effective social inclusion policy. On the other hand, the ‘delayed’ negotiation process with the EU, which in social policy results in a lack of Joint Inclusion Memorandum (JIM) and Joint Assessment Paper (JAP) processes even after seven years of candidate status, slows down the adoption of more strategic policy approach towards sensitive issues, such as social inclusion and anti‐discrimination. The main aim of the article is to assess whether there is a significant difference between current social inclusion policies, measures, indicators and trends with the similar EU standards and practices. In addition, the article explores the potential benefits of the process of Europeanization for Macedonian social inclusion policy.
DOI: 10.1111/spol.12014
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