Padgett, S.A. and Bulmer, S. (2005) Policy transfer in the European union: an institutionalist perspective. British Journal of Political Science, 35. pp. 103-126. ISSN 0007-1234Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
Although the concept of policy transfer attracts growing attention in political science, its application to the European Union remains underdeveloped. This article offers a comprehensive conceptual account of EU policy transfer. It starts from the institutionalist premise that transfer processes and outcomes will vary between differently constituted governance regimes. Three forms of EU governance are identified; hierarchy, negotiation and 'facilitated unilateralism'. The article develops hypotheses about the linkages between institutional variables and transfer outcomes, assessed on a scale from emulation to influence. Hypotheses are set against empirical evidence drawn from a variety of policy areas. We find evidence to support the general hypothesis that stronger forms of policy transfer occur in more highly institutionalized governance regimes. The evidence also points to micro-institutional variables shaping transfer outcomes: the powers accruing to supra-national institutions; decision rules; and the density of exchange between national actors.
|Keywords:||policy transfer, european union, government, Political institutions (Europe), Sociology and Political Science|
|Subjects:||Political Science > Political institutions (Europe)|
|Department:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics|
|Depositing user:||Strathprints Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||30 Aug 2006|
|Last modified:||02 Dec 2016 03:06|