The OSE was contracted by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) to conduct research, which resulted in the 17th edition of this edited volume. It features external scholars (Sergio Fabbrini, Anke Hassel and Bettina Wagner) as well as OSE and ETUI contributors.

The European Social Observatory (OSE) coordinates a new research on the social dimension of the Lisbon Strategy. In order to prepare for the Belgian Presidency of the EUin 2010, the Belgian Social Affairs Cabinet asked the OSE and the Center for Sociological research (CeSO) of the KULeuven to focus on two questions. First, to what extent did the Lisbon Strategy succeed in ‘balancing’ the three objectives of job creation, growth and social progress?