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From Policy to Implementation in the European Union: the challenge of a multi-level governance system

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Simona Milio
I.B.Tauris (30 September 2010)

Is the EU multi-level governance system weakening the implementation of policies at a state level? It does appear that a clear gap exists between European Union level policy-making and Member State implementation. All too often, EU public policy content and planning are little more than statements of intent without successful adoption. Policy implementation processes are the key follow-up of policy cycles, as they turn ideas into social output.

Simona Milio argues that implementation deficiencies are a direct result of the multi-level structure of European governance. Italy, Spain and Poland are studied in order to identify the main factors undermining implementation process. The findings will help guide future strategies to improve implementation processes both within old and new Member States, thus minimising past mistakes in the multi-level system of EU governance.

  • Simona Milio is associate director of the Economic Social Cohesion Laboratory at LSE. She holds a PhD in European Studies from LSE. She is the recipient of the first prize for the best doctoral thesis in the Committee of the Region's Theses Competition 2009, awarded by the European Parliament.

Reviews

‘This volume draws on rich empirical evidence to highlight the importance of administrative capacity and practice in implementing the cohesion policy of the European Union across member countries with very different local characteristics. Both policy-makers and academics have much to learn from this probing study.’
Professor Helen Wallace, Centennial Professor, European Institute, LSE.

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