This book takes stock of learning theories in the European Union (EU) integration literature and assesses what insights the concept of ‘learning’ has added to our understanding of the European integration processes. Given the European integration dynamics since 2000 (including enlargement and new governance approaches and instruments), learning and learning-related theories have gained major EU significance. The book addresses the less noticed micro level patterns of behavioural change that deserve more visibility in the EU's theoretical toolbox. It focuses on the conditions under which EU actors in various decision-making processes learn or do not learn.
In asking this question it raises issues about the EU’s nature. Do the EU conditions that favour learning outweigh the EU conditions that inhibit learning? Is the EU system too complex for learning processes to have a discernible, concrete impact? To assess the degree that the EU system and its member states learn, the authors selected for this volume are all explicitly comparative in their approach, and have been encouraged to look at differences across political systems. In doing so, the authors study how EU member states, EU institutions, and other groups and organisations pursue learning across the multi-level EU policy process.
This book was previously published as a special issue of Journal of European Public Policy.
1. Learning theory Reconsidered: EU Integration Theories and Learning Anthony R. Zito and Adriaan Schout 2. Organizational Learning in the EU’s Multi-Level Governance System Adriaan Schout 3. Measuring Policy Learning: Regulatory Impact Assessment in Europe Claudio M. Radaelli 4. EU Policy Towards other Regions: Policy Learning in the External Promotion of Regional Integration Mary Farrell 5. Governance and Policy Learning in the European Union: A Comparison with North America Eric Montpetit 6. The Power of Institutionalized Learning: The Uses and Practices of Commissions to Generate Policy Change Patrik Marier 7. European Agencies as Agents of Governance and EU Learning Anthony R. Zito 8. Governance and Learning in the Post-Maastricht era? Michelle Egan
This series seeks to bring together some of the finest edited works on European Public Policy. Reprinting from Special Issues of the Journal of European Public Policy, the focus is on using a wide range of social sciences approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, to gain a comprehensive and definitive understanding of Public Policy in Europe.