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New book: Customized implementation of European Union food safety policy: United in diversity?

posted Aug 29, 2018, 3:34 AM by Eva Thomann

This newly published book provides a new, evidence-based perspective on “gold-plating” and better regulation in Europe for scholars, students and

practitioners of policy implementation, European integration and Europeanization alike:


Thomann, E. 2019. Customized Implementation of European Union Food Safety Policy: United in Diversity? Palgrave, International Series of Public Policy.


This book sheds light on the patterns, causes and consequences of the “customization” of European Union (EU) policies. Even if they comply, member states interpret and adapt EU rules in very diverse ways when putting them into practice. We can think of and measure this diversity as a phenomenon of regulatory change along the implementation chain. The book explores what explains customization, and what it means for providing policy solutions to shared problems. It studies the implementation of EU food safety policies in Austria, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland using innovative set-theoretic techniques. After looking at the role of prominent compliance arguments and the “logics of action” in customization, the study assesses how differing degrees of customization affect the success of the implementation.


You can get 20% off the printed book or eBook when ordering the book via and using the following token:

PM18TWENTY3 . The offer is valid Sep 1, 2018 – Sep 29, 2018.