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Member states’ compliance with EU law in times of crisis
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (European Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9664-1456
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. (VPR)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0664-5729
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.

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Zurich, 2019.
Keywords [en]
European integration, disintegration, crisis, EU law, compliance, Single Market
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-88821OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-88821DiVA, id: diva2:1346698
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

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