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"The Power of the Law vs. the Power of the Strongest? Explaining Successes and Failures of the European Court of Justice in Promoting Member State Compliance with EU Law"

Panke, Diana. (2005) "The Power of the Law vs. the Power of the Strongest? Explaining Successes and Failures of the European Court of Justice in Promoting Member State Compliance with EU Law". In: UNSPECIFIED, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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      Abstract

      Legalization has become one of the most central concepts in capturing the interaction between international law and politics. However, there is still disagreement whether and under which conditions legalization matters. In the attempt to increase the effectiveness of international law, states have more and more relied on the strengthening of legal dispute settlement procedures, e.g. in the WTO. But does adjudication generally result in higher levels of state compliance with law beyond the nation-state? Drawing on the European Union as the empirical extreme type for high legalization, this paper explores how and under which conditions judicial discourses within international institutions promote state compliance. The empirical analysis shows that judicial discourses before the European Court of Justice result in varying patterns of compliance, reaching from stable compliance, over unstable compliance, to continued non-compliance. None of the prominent compliance theories can sufficiently explain such variation. Emphasizing the importance of institutional learning, this paper offers an alternative approach, which accounts for differential patterns of compliance both between and within EU member-states. The explanatory power of the approach is illustrated by two case studies in the field of environmental policy.

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      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Legalization; compliance.
      Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > law & legal affairs-general (includes international law)
      EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > law & legal affairs-general (includes international law) > compliance/national implementation
      EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > environmental policy (including international arena)
      EU policies and themes > EU institutions & developments > European Court of Justice/Court of First Instance
      Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Series: UNSPECIFIED
      ["eprint_fieldname_eusries" not defined]: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
      Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2005 (9th), March 31-April 2, 2005
      Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
      Official EU Document: No
      Language: English
      Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2005
      Page Range: p. 39
      Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:25
      URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3155

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