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Pircher, B. (2019). EU public procurement policy: the economic crisis as trigger for enhanced harmonisation. Journal of European Integration, 1-17
Open this publication in new window or tab >>EU public procurement policy: the economic crisis as trigger for enhanced harmonisation
2019 (English)In: Journal of European Integration, ISSN 0703-6337, E-ISSN 1477-2280, ISSN 0703-6337, p. 1-17Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

While previous research on the impact of the economic crisis on EU policy has primarily focused on the internal market and financial market regulations, the effect on public procurement has so far been neglected. This lack of attention is surprising. Public procurement accounts for approximately 14% of the EU GDP and involves over 250.000 contracting public authorities.Therefore, procurement is considered essential for lifting the EU out of the crisis by promoting competitiveness and growth. Nevertheless, public procurement reflects contradictory developments. Whereas the European Commission strives for greater harmonisation, member states often focus on national priorities. By comparing the old and new procurement regimes through the lenses of historic institutionalism, this article demonstrates that the EU managed to enhance harmonisation despite tendencies of increased national protectionism. The article finds that procurement became a much more prominent policy instrument for greater market integration subsequent to the economic crisis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019
Keywords
European integration, economic crisis, historical institutionalism, policy change, internal market, public procurement
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89163 (URN)10.1080/07036337.2019.1666114 (DOI)000486910300001 ()
Available from: 2019-09-17 Created: 2019-09-17 Last updated: 2019-11-24
Pircher, B. (2019). Local and Regional Involvement in Europe 2020: A Success Story?. In: Charlie Karlsson, Daniel Silander, Brigitte Pircher (Ed.), Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: Political Entrepreneurship for a prosperous Europe (pp. 93-108). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Local and Regional Involvement in Europe 2020: A Success Story?
2019 (English)In: Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: Political Entrepreneurship for a prosperous Europe / [ed] Charlie Karlsson, Daniel Silander, Brigitte Pircher, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019, p. 93-108Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Keywords
Europe 2020, EU member states, EU implementation, local and regional authorities, political entrepreneur
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-84445 (URN)978 1 78897 408 0 (ISBN)978 1 78897 409 7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-05-30 Created: 2019-05-30 Last updated: 2019-11-20Bibliographically approved
Pircher, B. & Loxbo, K. (2019). Member states’ compliance with EU law in times of crisis. In: : . Paper presented at Swiss Political Science Association (SPSA) Annual Conference 2019 & Dreiländertagung, ETH Zurich, Zurich, 14-16 February 2019. Zurich
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Member states’ compliance with EU law in times of crisis
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article explores whether a process of disintegration affected the transposition deficit and infringement procedures in the EU member states between 1997 and 2016. The contribution is twofold. First, we develop hypotheses to test the argument that non-compliance with EU law increases when member states experience growing economic constraints and political turbulence. However, the hypotheses are conclusively rejected. Second, while we demonstrate distinct differences between member states’ compliance by the end of the 1990s, our time-series analyses demonstrate that these disparities disappeared over time. Taken together, our findings not only suggest that economic factors, government capacity, and, above all, domestic politics become gradually decoupled from the European integration process but also that cultural differences in law observance become increasingly irrelevant to explain the behaviour of governments. We conclude by arguing that the strong trend towards harmonisation probably is explained by a changed culture of EU transposition and enforcement.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Zurich: , 2019
Keywords
European integration, disintegration, crisis, EU law, compliance, Single Market
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-88821 (URN)
Conference
Swiss Political Science Association (SPSA) Annual Conference 2019 & Dreiländertagung, ETH Zurich, Zurich, 14-16 February 2019
Available from: 2019-08-28 Created: 2019-08-28 Last updated: 2019-11-19Bibliographically approved
Pircher, B. (2019). Policy-Making in the European Council and the Council of the EU on Europe 2020: The Presidency Effect. In: Charlie Karlsson, Daniel Silander, Brigitte Pircher (Ed.), Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: Political Entrepreneurship for a prosperous Europe (pp. 55-74). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Policy-Making in the European Council and the Council of the EU on Europe 2020: The Presidency Effect
2019 (English)In: Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: Political Entrepreneurship for a prosperous Europe / [ed] Charlie Karlsson, Daniel Silander, Brigitte Pircher, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019, p. 55-74Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019
Keywords
Europe 2020, European Council, Council of the EU, debates, political entrepreneurship.
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-84444 (URN)978 1 78897 408 0 (ISBN)978 1 78897 409 7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-05-30 Created: 2019-05-30 Last updated: 2019-11-20Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, C., Silander, D. & Pircher, B. (Eds.). (2019). Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: Political Entrepreneurship for a prosperous Europe. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: Political Entrepreneurship for a prosperous Europe
2019 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2019. p. 272
Series
New horizons in regional science
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-84443 (URN)10.4337/9781788974097 (DOI)978 1 78897 408 0 (ISBN)978 1 78897 409 7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-05-30 Created: 2019-05-30 Last updated: 2019-11-20Bibliographically approved
Pircher, B. (2019). The Council of the EU in times of economic crisis – enhancing neoliberal policies as crisis management. In: : . Paper presented at SNES (Swedish Network of European Studies) Spring Conference 2019 ‘Democracy at the crossroads: European changes and challenges’, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden, 11-12 April 2019..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Council of the EU in times of economic crisis – enhancing neoliberal policies as crisis management
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

While many studies have focused on the European Commission and its potential to act as a policy entrepreneur, scant research has been undertaken into how intergovernmental institutions as a whole are able to shape and advocate certain policies. This paper fills that gap by analysing the Council debates on two major European Union strategies, namely the Small Business Act for Europe and the Europe 2020 strategy.

The debates were analysed on the basis of newspaper articles in the daily bulletins of Agence Europe, and the 469 statements identified were qualitatively evaluated by means of content analysis. The results demonstrate that the Council as a whole is able to act as a policy entrepreneur if certain conditions are met, namely a common interest and political goal among member states, a need for economic measures due to a crisis situation, and the possibility of shifting unpopular decisions to Brussels.

Keywords
European integration, EU institutions, Council of the EU, economic crisis, policy entrepreneur, internal market
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89827 (URN)
Conference
SNES (Swedish Network of European Studies) Spring Conference 2019 ‘Democracy at the crossroads: European changes and challenges’, Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden, 11-12 April 2019.
Available from: 2019-10-28 Created: 2019-10-28 Last updated: 2019-11-12Bibliographically approved
Pircher, B. (2019). The Council of the EU in times of economic crisis: Policy entrepreneur for the internal market. Journal of Contemporary European Research
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Council of the EU in times of economic crisis: Policy entrepreneur for the internal market
2019 (English)In: Journal of Contemporary European Research, ISSN 1815-347X, E-ISSN 1815-347X, ISSN 1815-347XArticle in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

While many studies have focused on the European Commission and its potential to act as a policy entrepreneur, scant research has been undertaken into how intergovernmental institutions as a whole are able to shape and advocate certain policies. This paper fills that gap by analysing the Council of the EU debates on two major European Union strategies, namely the Small Business Act for Europe and the Europe 2020 strategy.

The debates were analysed on the basis of newspaper articles in the daily bulletins of Agence Europe, and the 469 statements identified were qualitatively evaluated by means of content analysis. The results demonstrate that the Council as a whole is able to act as a policy entrepreneur if certain conditions are met, namely a common interest and political goal among member states, a need for economic measures due to a crisis situation, and the possibility of shifting unpopular decisions to Brussels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
UACES, 2019
Keywords
European integration, EU institutions, Council of the EU, economic crisis, policy entrepreneur, internal market
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-89984 (URN)
Available from: 2019-11-08 Created: 2019-11-08 Last updated: 2019-11-24
Pircher, B. (2018). Debating entrepreneurship in the European Parliament in times of crisis: Enriching the discourse. In: Charlie Karlsson, Charlotte Silander, Daniel Silander (Ed.), Governance and Political Entrepreneurship in Europe: Promoting Growth and Welfare in Times of Crisis (pp. 100-120). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Debating entrepreneurship in the European Parliament in times of crisis: Enriching the discourse
2018 (English)In: Governance and Political Entrepreneurship in Europe: Promoting Growth and Welfare in Times of Crisis / [ed] Charlie Karlsson, Charlotte Silander, Daniel Silander, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018, p. 100-120Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018
Keywords
European Parliament; economic crisis; debates; Small Business Act for Europe; Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan; political entrepreneur
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75089 (URN)978 1 78811 275 8 (ISBN)978 1 78811 276 5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2019-09-13Bibliographically approved
Pircher, B. (2018). Entrepreneurship policy in the Council of the EU: Reaching Consensus among Member States?. In: Charlie Karlsson, Charlotte Silander, Daniel Silander (Ed.), Governance and Political Entrepreneurship in Europe: Promoting Growth and Welfare in Times of Crisis (pp. 82-99). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Entrepreneurship policy in the Council of the EU: Reaching Consensus among Member States?
2018 (English)In: Governance and Political Entrepreneurship in Europe: Promoting Growth and Welfare in Times of Crisis / [ed] Charlie Karlsson, Charlotte Silander, Daniel Silander, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018, p. 82-99Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018
Keywords
Council of the EU; economic crisis; debates; Small Business Act for Europe; Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan; political entrepreneur
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75086 (URN)978 1 78811 275 8 (ISBN)978 1 78811 276 5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-06-05 Created: 2018-06-05 Last updated: 2019-09-13Bibliographically approved
Pircher, B. (2017). Debating the Economic Crisis in the European Parliament: Lessons for Entrepreneurship. In: : . Paper presented at 20th Anniversary Uddevalla Symposium on: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Industrial Dynamics in Internationalized Regional Economies, University West, Trollhättan, 15-17 June 2017.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Debating the Economic Crisis in the European Parliament: Lessons for Entrepreneurship
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Keywords
economic crisis; entrepreneurship; political entrepreneurs; European Parliament; debates.
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75798 (URN)
Conference
20th Anniversary Uddevalla Symposium on: Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Industrial Dynamics in Internationalized Regional Economies, University West, Trollhättan, 15-17 June 2017
Available from: 2018-06-13 Created: 2018-06-13 Last updated: 2019-09-13Bibliographically approved
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