European Policy and Governance. Head: Dr. Paul Stephenson
The researchers of the cluster European Policy and Governance concentrate on the contemporary events, developments and debates related to the process of European public policy and governance along all three main dimensions of the EU political system:
- Polity: the processes of policy-making in the complex European multilevel governance, and the (supranational and domestic) institutional structures forming the framework for political action, including normative aspects and dynamics of decision-making;
- Politics: an understanding of who gets what when and how, with a focus on stakeholders and their agendas, strategies employed to work towards favoured outcomes and the sequencing of time-dependent actions;
- Policy: the content of the decision-making across different policy domains and stages in the policy-making process.
In doing so, we focus on critical interactions between the actors involved – both horizontally in the form of the interplay between public and private actors, as well as vertically between the international, EU and national level. Key in most of our research projects is a legitimacy and/or politicisation angle. Our researchers are particularly specialized in the transport, social, trade, cohesion, anticorruption, chemical, health, financial/banking, budget, higher education, and energy policy sectors. Additionally, we provide key expertise in the implementation and evaluation stages of the policy process. Core institutions covered by our team members are European Commission, the European (and national) Parliament(s), the Court of Auditors, the Ombudsman, and EU agencies.
Key Recent publications:
Colli, F., & Adriaensen, J. (2020). Lobbying the state or the market? A framework to study civil society organizations’ strategic behavior. Regulation & Governance, 14(3), 501-513. https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12227
De Ruiter, R., & Neuhold, C. (2021). Subsidiarity watchdogs and the kennel of trilogues: when do they bark? The role of National Parliaments in trilogue negotiations. Journal of European Public Policy, 28(1), 93-111. https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2020.1859593
Howarth, D., & Spendzharova, A. (2019). Accountability in Post-Crisis Eurozone Governance: The Tricky Case of the European Stability Mechanism. Journal of Common Market Studies, 57(4), 894-911. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12860
Nastase, A., & Muurmans, C. (2020). Regulating lobbying activities in the European Union: A voluntary club perspective. Regulation & Governance,14(2), 238-255. https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12200
Quaglia, L., & Spendzharova, A. (2021). Regime complexity and managing financial data streams: The orchestration of trade reporting for derivatives. Regulation & Governance. https://doi.org/10.1111/rego.12377
Schuette, L. A. (2021). Forging Unity: European Commission Leadership in the Brexit Negotiations. Journal of Common Market Studies, 59(5), 1142-1159. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.13171
Stevens, F., & De Bruycker, I. (2020). Influence, affluence and media salience: Economic resources and lobbying influence in the European Union. European Union Politics, 21(4), 728-750. https://doi.org/10.1177/1465116520944572
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