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Talk about customization at the London Public Policy Seminars, 11.12.2018

posted Nov 29, 2018, 12:50 AM by Eva Thomann
I look forward to giving a talk at the London Public Policy Seminars, which provide a forum for academic exchange in public policy across the greater London area.

How effective is the EU regulatory state? Linking legal compliance, customization, and practical implementation
When: 6pm, 11 December 2018
Where: 32L.B.07, LSE

European Union (EU) policies change as they are being customised throughout the implementation chain. How do these changes affect the practical implementation of EU policies? While better regulation approaches point to the danger of red tape when deviating from EU law, theories of policy implementation see a role of discretion in decentralised problem-solving. This study analyses how customisation affects the practical compliance with EU antidiscrimination, environmental, and justice and home affairs directives in 27 member states. Results suggest that general customisation levels neither exert a significant direct nor conditional effect on practical compliance. However, higher levels of customised density negatively affect practical compliance. We also find a partly sector-specific, direct positive effect of customised restrictiveness on practical compliance. Thus, while customised density can indeed reinforce problems of red tape, customised restrictiveness can contribute to problem-solving. The crucial distinction is that between changes in the quantity or the quality of regulation.