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Complying with Europe: EU Harmonisation and Soft Law in the Member States

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ISBN13: 9780521615136
ISBN: 0521615135
Published: July 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £34.99



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What does EU law truly mean for the member states? Do they abide or don't they? This book presents the first encompassing and in-depth empirical study of the effects of 'voluntaristic' and (partly) 'soft' EU policies in all 15 member states. The authors examine 90 case studies across a range of EU Directives and shed light on burning contemporary issues in political science, integration theory, and social policy. They reveal that there are major implementation failures and that, to date, the European Commission has not been able adequately to perform its control function. While all countries are occasional non-compliers, some quite frequently privilege their domestic political concerns over performance of their EU-related duties. Others neglect these EU obligations as a matter of course. This innovative study answers questions of crucial importance for politics in theory and in practice, and suggests how implementation of EU law can be fostered in the future.

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Subjects:
EU Law
Contents:
Preface
1. Introduction: flexible EU governance in domestic practice
2. Theorising the domestic impact of EU law: the state of the art and beyond
3. EU social policy over time: the role of Directive
4. The Employment Contract Information Directive: a small but useful social complement to the internal market
5. The Pregnant Workers Directive: European social policy between protection and employability
6. The Working Time Directive: European standards taken hostage by domestic politics
7. The Young Workers Directive: a safety net with holes
8. The Parental Leave Directive: compulsory policy innovation and voluntary over-implementation
9. The Part-time Work Directive: a facilitator of national reforms
10. Voluntary reforms triggered by the Directives
11. The EU Commission and (non-)compliance in the Member States
12. Beyond policy change: convergence of national public-private relations?
13. Implementation across countries and Directive
14. Why do Member States fail to comply? Testing the hypotheses suggested in the literature
15. Making sense of compliance patterns: a typology
16. Conclusions: myth and reality of 'social Europe'
References.