Customization; Regulation; Multi-level implementation; Europeanization; Bottom-up implementation theory; European Union
Trein Philipp, Thomann Eva, Maggetti Martino (2019), Integration, Functional Differentiation, and Problem‐Solving in Multi‐Level Governance, in Public Administration
Thomann Eva (2019), Customized Implementation of European Union Food Safety Policy: United in Diversity?
, Springer International Publishing, Cham.
Thomann Eva, SagerFritz (2018), Innovative Approaches to EU Multilevel Implementation : Moving beyond legal compliance
, Routledge, Bosa Roca, United States.
Thomann Eva, Zhelyazkova Asya (2017), Moving beyond (non-)compliance: the customization of European Union policies in 27 countries, in Journal of European Public Policy
, (9), 1269-1288.
Thomann Eva, Sager Fritz (2017), Moving beyond legal compliance: Innovative approaches to EU multi-level implementation, in Journal of European Public Policy
, (9), 1253-1268.
Thomann Eva (2017), The Notions of Regulation and Self-Regulation in Political Science, in Journal of Self-Regulation and Regulation
, (3), 54-75.
Thomann Eva, SagerFritz (2017), Toward a better understanding of implementation performance in the EU multi-level system, in Sager, Fritz
, (9), 1385-1407.
Thomann Eva, Sager Fritz (ed.), Moving beyond legal compliance: Innovative approaches to EU multilevel implementation
, Taylor & Francis, --.
This project assesses how discretionary choices of member states affect policy outcomes in the European Union (EU). Recently, several developments suggest that legal (non-)compliance is not the primary source of diversity in how EU directives are implemented. In addition, little is known about the practical impact of EU policy. The project combines regulation research with theories that emphasize the use of discretion in policy implementation. It scrutinizes the implications of the diversity of national policies for the capacity of the EU multilevel system to address the important problems it is designed to resolve. The envisaged advanced postdoc.mobility (APM) project expands on the research agenda of the applicant’s early postdoc.mobility (EPM) project on the “customization” of EU directives and asks: What are the consequences of the customization of EU policy on domestic policy outcomes in the EU? The APM project provides new and more generalizable insights relative to the EPM project. It enables a comprehensive assessment of the practical impacts of customized regulatory designs both cross-sectionally and over time. Moving beyond the small-N comparative case study design of the previous single-authored pieces, the planned collaborations entail comparative empirical analyses of the implementation of EU regulatory policy in a large number of member states and several sectors including environmental policy, free movement policy, and justice and home affairs. The different studies entail innovative nested research designs that combine either set-theoretic methods or multi-level / time-series regression with targeted case studies. The project goals are:1.Finalization and publication of previous results in a single-authored monograph2.1 single-authored and 2 collaborative journal publications3.Grant proposal for large-scale international collaborative follow-up project led by the applicant.To this end, the project entails a four-months stay at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy as well as a 14-months stay at Heidelberg University, Germany.