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Special issue "Moving beyond legal compliance: Innovative approaches to EU multilevel implementation"

posted May 13, 2017, 6:36 AM by Eva Thomann
Check out the brand new contributions of our special issue in the Journal of European Public Policy, now available early online!

Research on implementation in the European Union (EU) is characterized by a strong focus on legal conformance with EU policy. However, this focus has been criticized for insufficiently accounting for the implications of the EU’s multilevel governance structure, thus providing an incomplete picture of EU implementation, its diversity and practice. The contributions of this collection represent a shift toward a more performance-oriented perspective on EU implementation as problem-solving. They approach implementation fundamentally as a process of interpretation of superordinate law by actors who are embedded within multiple contexts arising from the coexistence of dynamics of Europeanization, on the one hand, and what has been termed ‘domestication’, on the other. Moving beyond legal compliance, the contributions provide new evidence on the diversity of domestic responses to EU policy, the roles and motivations of actors implementing EU policy, and the ‘black box’ of EU law in action and its enforcement.

Eva Thomann, Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University
Fritz Sager, KPM Center of Competence for Public Management, University of Bern
 
Eva Thomann, Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University
Asya Zhelyazkova, Institute of Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen

Ellen Mastenbroek, Institute of Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen

Judith A.M. Gollata, Research group on Governance, Participation and Sustainability, Leuphana University Lüneburg
Jens Newig, Research group on Governance, Participation and Sustainability, Leuphana University Lüneburg

Nora Dörrenbächer, Institute of Management Research, Radboud University Nijmegen

Miroslava Scholten, Utrecht Centre for Regulation and Enforcement in Europe (RENFORCE), Utrecht University

Eva G. Heidbreder, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Heinrich Heine University Duesseldorf

Eva Thomann, Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University
Fritz Sager, Center of Competence for Public Management, University of Bern
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