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 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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Author Biography - Gerda Falkner
Gerd Falkner is Head of the Department of Political Science at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Vienna. Oliver Treib is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna. Miriam Hartlapp is Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne. Simone Leiber is Researcher in Political Science at the Institute for Economic and Social Studies, Dusseldorf.