Since the Lisbon Strategy the open method of coordination has become the subject of an intensive debate. Its importance for EU social policy has been discussed in a very controversial manner regarding to two very different visions of 'Social Europe'. The special attention should be paid to the role of the open method of coordination for policy of social inclusion. In order to be able to assess properly the relevance of that instrument it seems to be necessary to answer the questions: What is the open method of coordination and how it is functioning? The paper discusses the main approaches of the understanding of the open method of coordination among experts and illustrates its functioning on the example of Great Britain. Then it points out some implications for the new states-member, including Poland.
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