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Schuman Centre's Seminar Series: The Best of Both Worlds? Logics of action and the customization of EU food safety directives

posted Feb 22, 2017, 12:22 AM by Eva Thomann
The concept of “customization” captures how countries adapt European Union (EU) policy to local circumstances, resulting in tailor-made domestic solutions to shared problems. Efforts to understand the underlying dynamics of Europeanization distinguish two logics of states as implementing actors. However, the exact interplay of the logics of consequences and appropriateness remains a black box. This presentation asks: under which conditions do transposing countries customize EU directives in rational and opportunistic manners, or according to institutionally embedded habits and norms, or both? The study hypothesizes four major interpretations of the relationship between the two logics, whose relative validity is tested by combining explanatory typologies with binomial probability tests and systematic within-case analyses. Results on the customization of EU food safety policies in four member states reveal that countries tend to customize macro-issues according to rationalist considerations, and micro-issues following a logic of appropriateness. This finding has useful implications for EU governance.

Eva Thomann from Heidelberg University, Germany is Visiting Fellow at the SPS Department.

Date:                  Wed 22 Feb 2017 16.30 - 18.00
Location:            Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia, European University Institute, Florence
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