The Cultural Open Method of Coordination: A New but Different OMC?

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Table of Contents: I. Introduction. – II. The “promises” of the cultural OMC. – III. The birth of the cultural OMC. – IV. The operation and evolution of the cultural OMC. – V. Cultural policy coordination or cultural cooperation? – VI. The cultural OMC in the context of the EU cultural policy. – VII. Cultural coordination outside the cultural OMC. – VIII. Conclusion.

Abstract: This Article focuses on the use of the OMC in the field of culture – a particularly sensitive policy field for the Member States. The cultural OMC was conceived as a flexible, non-binding and voluntary framework for structuring Member States’ cultural cooperation and fostering the exchange of best practice. The analysis seeks to deepen the understanding of the cultural OMC as a framework for policy coordination. It examines the origins of the process and the arguments that supported it, as well as its formation, operation and development through three distinct cycles (2008-2010; 2011-2014; 2015-2018). It also places the cultural OMC within the broader framework of EU cultural policy and juxtaposes it with other coordination mechanisms pertaining directly or indirectly to culture. In doing so, the Article investigates the specificities of the cultural OMC and testifies to the broader set of processes that currently seek to coordinate Member States’ culture policies.

Keywords: open method of coordination – culture – policy coordination – cultural cooperation – European Agenda for Culture – Work Plans for Culture.

European Papers, Vol. 3, 2018, No 1, pp. 257-279
2499-8249 - doi: 10.15166/2499-8249/213

* Senior Research Fellow, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy; Adjunct Faculty Member, Hellenic Open University,


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