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Schuman Centre's Seminar Series: The Best of Both Worlds? Logics of action and the customization of EU food safety directives

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  • Wed 22 Feb 2017 16.30 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2017-02-22 16:30 2017-02-22 18:00 Europe/Paris Schuman Centre's Seminar Series: The Best of Both Worlds? Logics of action and the customization of EU food safety directives

The concept of “customization” captures how countries adapt European Union (EU) policy to local circumstances, resulting in tailor-made domestic solutions to shared problems. Efforts to understand the underlying dynamics of Europeanization distinguish two logics of states as implementing actors. However, the exact interplay of the logics of consequences and appropriateness remains a black box. This paper asks: under which conditions do transposing countries customize EU directives in rational and opportunistic manners, or according to institutionally embedded habits and norms, or both? The paper hypothesizes four major interpretations of the relationship between the two logics, whose relative validity is tested by combining explanatory typologies with binomial probability tests and systematic within-case analyses. Results on the customization of EU food safety policies in four member states reveal that countries tend to customize macro-issues according to rationalist considerations, and micro-issues following a logic of appropriateness. This finding has useful implications for EU governance.

Eva Thomann fom Heidelberg University, Germany is Visiting Fellow at the SPS Department.

Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

The concept of “customization” captures how countries adapt European Union (EU) policy to local circumstances, resulting in tailor-made domestic solutions to shared problems. Efforts to understand the underlying dynamics of Europeanization distinguish two logics of states as implementing actors. However, the exact interplay of the logics of consequences and appropriateness remains a black box. This paper asks: under which conditions do transposing countries customize EU directives in rational and opportunistic manners, or according to institutionally embedded habits and norms, or both? The paper hypothesizes four major interpretations of the relationship between the two logics, whose relative validity is tested by combining explanatory typologies with binomial probability tests and systematic within-case analyses. Results on the customization of EU food safety policies in four member states reveal that countries tend to customize macro-issues according to rationalist considerations, and micro-issues following a logic of appropriateness. This finding has useful implications for EU governance.

Eva Thomann fom Heidelberg University, Germany is Visiting Fellow at the SPS Department.


Location:
Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia

Affiliation:
Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies

Type:
Seminar
 
 

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