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Post-Accession Transposition and Implementation between Administrative Coordination and Political Bargaining

Dimitrova, Antoaneta (2009) Post-Accession Transposition and Implementation between Administrative Coordination and Political Bargaining. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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    This paper explores the relationship between administrative coordination of EU affairs at the national level and compliance with EU law. First, we develop two hypotheses about the impact of coordination: we expect that the strength of the coordination structure (level of centralisation and political support) will improve levels of transposition of EU law, but if and when the EU laws attain political salience and trigger political opposition coordination becomes irrelevant. We test these conjectures by an aggregate country-level analysis of transposition rates and a qualitative comparative analysis of eight cases covering two directives. Both analyses support our expectations that strong administrative coordination of EU affairs leads to smaller transposition deficits in the aggregate. However for highly salient directives that touch upon constitutional issues and trigger opposition from political actors outside the executive, administrative coordination cannot help.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > law & legal affairs-general (includes international law) > compliance/national implementation
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2009 (11th), April 23-25, 2009
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2013 17:40
    Number of Pages: 30
    Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 17:40

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