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Beyond legal compliance in EU multilevel implementation

posted May 30, 2017, 4:47 AM by Eva Thomann   [ updated May 30, 2017, 4:59 AM ]
EU implementation research very much emphasizes member states’ legal compliance with EU law. However, as has been stated elsewhere be
fore, implementation is more than the mere transposition of EU directives into national law. Rather, policies change while being put into practice. As policymaking continues, policy outcomes vary widely between member states and may not correspond with the original policy objectives. This has become apparent again as the asylum or austerity crises challenge the EU’s problem-solving capacity. In our JEPP special issue
“Moving beyond legal compliance: Innovative approaches to EU multilevel implementation”, we take a closer look at the implementation stage in the EU. Rather than focusing on conformance with EU policies, we “zoom in” on implementation performance and ask how domestic actors problem-solve when interpreting EU law.


Read the full blog post by Eva Thomann and Fritz Sager on
The Official Blog of the Journal of European Public Policy