Adapting to EU Multi-level Governance: Regional and Environmental Policies in Cohesion and CEE Countries
Christos J. Paraskevopoulos, Panagiōtēs Getimēs, Nicholas Rees
Ashgate, 2006 - Political Science - 301 pages
On entering the European Union in May 2005, new member states have been required to adapt to a multi-level system of governance in public policy. In doing so, it has been necessary for them to conceptualize learning, institutional and policy adaptation within the EU system of governance, and to draw lessons from the experience of previous enlargement waves. Through the lens of regional and environmental policy, this book provides an in-depth examination of the first enlargement group, comparing the results against the experience of the most recent EU member states. It makes an important contribution to the literature on the transformation of domestic policy-making structures as a result of the increasing Europeanization of public policy. Additionally, the book touches upon crucial aspects of the integration process in Europe, such as the impact of on governance structures, the enlargement process and the institutional prerequisites for achieving social and economic cohesion in both East and West Europe.
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