1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of European Public Policy

Edited By Nikolaos Zahariadis, Laurie Buonanno Copyright 2018
    412 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    412 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of European Public Policy provides an in-depth and systematic understanding of EU policies. It covers theoretical approaches on the policy process and the various stages of public policy formulation and decision making, and discusses key questions of contemporary European governance. The handbook introduces major concepts, trends, and methodologies in a variety of comparative settings thereby providing the first systematic effort to include theoretical and substantive analyses of European public policies in a single volume.

    The handbook is divided into four sections:

    • Concepts and approaches in EU policymaking;
    • Substantive policies of the EU, including economic and social, fiscal and monetary, areas of freedom, security, and justice, and external policies;
    • Elements of the policy cycle;
    • Themes ranging from crisis and resistance to controversies in education.

    This handbook will be an essential reference for students and scholars of the European Union, public policy, social policy, and more broadly for European and comparative politics.

    1. European Union Policymaking: Issues and Debates [Laurie Buonanno and Nikolaos Zahariadis]

    Section 1: Concepts and Approaches - Overview [Nikolaos Zahariadis]

    2. Principal-agent Models and EU Policy-making [Yannis Karagiannis and Mattia Guidi]

    3. Regulatory Governance in the EU [Alessandro Cagossi]

    4. The Multiple Streams Framework [Nicole Herweg and Nikolaos Zahariadis]

    5. Punctuated Equilibrium Theory [Daniela Beyer, Christian Breunig, and Marco Radojevic]

    Section 2: Substantive Policies – Overview [Nikolaos Zahariadis]

    Part I: Economic and Social

    6. The SingleMarket [Laurie Buonanno]

    7. EU Competition Rules and the European Integration Project [Angela Wigge and Hubert Buch-Hansen]

    8. Changing Governance of Cohesion Policy [Carolyn M. Dudek]

    9. Social Policy [Claire Dupuy and Sophie Jacquot]

    10. Gender Policy [Sophie Jacquot]

    Part II: Fiscal and Monetary Policies

    11. Economic and Monetary Union [Waltraud Schelkle]

    12. Banking Policy [Stefaan De Rynck]

    13. The Economic and Monetary Union and Accountability: the "Globalization Trilemma" [Nikitas Konstantinidis and Ruben Treurniet]

    14. The EU Budget [Gabriele Cipriani]

    Part III: Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice

    15. European Immigration and Asylum Policy [Alexander Caviedes]

    16. Police and Judicial Cooperation Policy [Stephen Rozée, Christian Kaunert, and Sarah Léonard]

    17. European Union Privacy and Data Protection Policy [George Christou]

    Part IV: External Policies

    18. The Common Foreign and Security Policy: The EU as a Global Actor [Sara Kahn-Nisser]

    19. Trade Policy [Holly Jarman]

    20. Enlargement Policy [Neill Nugent]

    21. The European Neighbourhood Policy [Mariam Dekanozishvili]

    Part V: Sectoral Policies

    22. The Common Agricultural Policy: Common Dynamics of Policy Change in an Uncommon Policy Domain [Gerry Alons and Pieter Zwaan]

    23. European Energy Policy [Nicole Herweg]

    24. EU Policy on the Environment [Jale Tosun]

    Section 3: The Policy Cycle - Overview [Laurie Buonanno]

    25. Lobbying and Interest Group Politics in the European Union [Andreas Hofmann]

    26. Agenda Setting in the European Union [Petya Alexandrova and Marcello Carammia]

    27. Understanding the EU's Policymaking Institutions [John McCormick]

    29. Strategic Framing and the European Commission [Mark Rhinard]

    29. Implementation and Enforcement of EU Polices [Gerda Falkner]

    30. If Evaluation is the Solution, What is the Problem? [Claire A. Dunlop and Claudio M. Radaelli]

    Section 4: Themes

    Part I: Crisis and Resistance - Introduction [Sabine Saurugger]

    31. Resisting in Times of Crisis: The Implementation of European Austerity Plans in Ireland and Greece [Clément Fontan, Sabine Saurugger, and Nikolaos Zahariadis]

    32. Resistance in European Union Health Care Policy [Scott L. Greer]

    33. Evasion as a Mechanism of Resistance (not only) to European Law [Annette Elisabeth Töller]

    Part II: Controversies in European Higher Eduction - Introduction [Martina Vukasovic]

    34. European-Level Policy Dynamics in Higher Education [Martina Vukasovic]

    35. The Infusion of Europe in Public Policy: The Case of Higher Education [Pauline Ravinet]


    Nikolaos Zahariadis is Mertie Buckman Chair and Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College, USA. He previously served as Director of International Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has received numerous research fellowships and teaching awards.

    Laurie Buonanno is Professor and Director of the Master of Public Administration and Nonprofit Management program at the State University of New York, Buffalo State, USA. Her research focuses on comparative public policy, comparative public administration, the European Union, and transatlantic relations.

    ‘This handbook contains everything we need to know about European public policy. From conceptual approach to concrete policies as well as topical crises. I consider this a must read for my own European Studies students.’ - Esther Versluis, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

    ‘This handbook will be essential reading for those seeking a comprehensive understanding of European public policy, giving readers a strong theoretical basis for interpreting the detailed policy studies. The book combines academic rigor with a deep understanding of the intricacies of EU policymaking. Researchers and students alike can benefit from this volume, given its depth and accessible style.’ - Michele Chang, College of Europe, Belgium.

    ‘The editors set themselves the ambitious task of furnishing readers with the tools needed to assess the trajectory of European policy making in an anxious environment. By authoritatively illuminating the structures, substance and challenges of an intricate and dynamic European policy landscape, they’ve succeeded admirably.’ - Mitchell P. Smith, The University of Oklahoma, USA.