The European Union (EU) has a compliance problem: there are persistent failures in the implementation of EU rules and policies by the member states. This book examines how policy implementation may be improved. It explains the nature of policy mistakes, proceeds to consider how individual public authorities and organizations can avoid making policy mistakes and then, in the light of its findings, derives how the EU may induce its member states and their public authorities to improve their compliance with EU rules and policies.
Basically, this is a book about how the right incentives at national level can improve institutional performance and contribute towards more effective application of EU rules across member states without having to confer new competences to the EU. Its premise is that strengthening the capacity of organizations to learn should not only lead to better performance, but should also stimulate useful policy experimentation across the EU.
Although this volume focuses on the obligations of EU membership and how to strengthen compliance, the proposed solutions have broader applicability. Improved organizational capacity for policy implementation will also be beneficial in those areas where the EU has no formal competence. Just as member states can learn from each other, so can policy officials in different policy fields. Good practices can spread.
The EIPA Managing the European Union series is linked by a common theme which reflects the special expertise of the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA): bridging theory and practice with regard to the management of the European Union (EU).
The volumes in the series explore specific aspects of this common theme by examining, where appropriate, relations between and within the EU institutions themselves, between the institutions and the member states and between the EU and its global partners. Volumes address both general and specific issues and policy areas, ranging from the budget, to the internal market and to how the EU should respond to broader global changes. The series appears at a propitious moment, since the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, the global financial crisis and the associated cuts in the public sectors throughout the EU, as well as rapid changes in the international order, all demand fresh thinking and perspectives on managing the EU at a time of upheaval and transition.
The emphasis is upon analysing issues and challenges in the context of public administration and on offering practice-orientated conclusions, thus the volumes in the series are written with public servants in mind, not only in the EU institutions themselves, but also the civil services of the member states and even beyond. However, the series will also appeal to a more general readership of researchers and professionals, who will benefit from the clear identification and incisive analysis of current issues in EU management and administration.