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Mapping the customization of EU directives: Conceptual considerations and empirical challenges

posted Feb 10, 2016, 5:24 AM by Eva Thomann   [ updated Mar 14, 2016, 1:00 PM ]
It is a great honor for me to follow the invitation by Ellen Mastenbroek to present my research on the customization of EU law to the Europeanization of Policy and Law (EUROPAL) Research Group at Radboud University's Nijmegen School of Management. I am going to discuss ongoing efforts to conceptualize and measure customization patterns in ways that facilitate systematic, cumulative, comparative empirical research on this under-researched phenomenon. I will embed the concept into the literature on bottom-up implementation, gold-plating and regulatory change,  and propose a general definition of customization. I will then talk about the conceptual considerations and empirical challenges involved in performing, and present the preliminary results of, a systematic comparison of the customization of EU environment directives in 27 member states. This project is a collaboration with Asya Zhelyazkova, European Politics Research Group, ETH Zurich.

Date: Thursday 18 February 2016                          
Time: 12:30 to 13:45                          
Location: Grotius building, room 1.129