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Steering or Networking: the Impact of Europe 2020 on Regional Governance Structures


Maes, Frederic; Bursens, Peter

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Abstract This article probes into how regions organize themselves to deal effectively with the Europe 2020 reform program. More specifically, it maps governance structures of regional policy-making and implementation of Europe 2020 and explains variation in these structures between policy domains and policy stages. The empirical focus is Flanders as this Belgian region possesses substantial legislative and executive autonomy and is therefore highly affected by the Europe 2020 program. The article distinguishes between policy-making (upload) and implementation stages (download) in education, energy and poverty policies. It is hypothesized that the varying impact of Europe 2020 can be attributed to the varying adaptational pressure of EU programs and a set of domestic intervening factors. Findings indicate variation between policy domains and policy stages on a continuum from lead-organization governed networks to shared participant governance networks. Overall, the extent to which Flanders is competent seems to be crucial. In addition, a substantial administrative capacity is needed to firmly steer and coordinate the governance structures that manage Europe 2020 policies. The level of integration further increases the extent to which Flemish Europe 2020 policies are steered.
Thesaurusschlagwörter Europeanization; European integration; open method of coordination; governance; European Policy; regional policy; Belgium; educational policy; energy policy; social policy
Klassifikation Europapolitik
Freie Schlagwörter Europe 2020; subnational level
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2015
Seitenangabe S. 100-116
Zeitschriftentitel Politics and Governance, 3 (2015) 2
ISSN 2183-2463
Status Veröffentlichungsversion; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz Creative Commons - Namensnennung