The Transposition of European Law in EU Member States: Between Process and Politics

European Political Science Review, 2:3, 495-520, 2010

26 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2012

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Bernard Steunenberg

Institute of Public Administration, Campus Den Haag

Mark Rhinard

Stockholm University; Utrikespolitiska Institutet - Swedish Institute of International Affairs

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This paper illuminates a critical stage of the implementation of European law: the transposition of European Union (EU) directives. Directives must be transposed into national policies in order to give effect to European law, yet most national authorities experience considerable transposition difficulties. For this reason, the study of transposition has become a focal point within the broader research agenda on noncompliance in the European Union. Highlighting several popular explanatory variables but noting the sometimes contradictory results that follow from empirical testing, this paper outlines an approach that views transposition as a process taking place largely within ministerial agencies rather than across government systems. By using variables related to these domestic processes in our empirical analysis, the paper shows how such an approach can help to explain the way in which member states transpose EU directives.

Keywords: EU, European Union, transposition, EU law

Suggested Citation

Steunenberg, Bernard and Rhinard, Mark, The Transposition of European Law in EU Member States: Between Process and Politics (2010). European Political Science Review, 2:3, 495-520, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2194168

Bernard Steunenberg

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