The European Policy Process in a Comparative Perspective

Alasdair R. Young, Christilla Roederer-Rynning

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Policy-making in the European Union (EU) is particularly complex and is distinctive. Nonetheless, it can be fruitfully studied by drawing upon insights from the analysis of policy-making within states and cooperation among states. This chapter sets out the stages of the policy-making process—agenda-setting, policy formation, decision-making, implementation, and feedback—introduces the prevailing approaches to analysing each of these stages, and discusses how these apply to studying policy-making in the EU. It argues that theories rooted in comparative politics and international relations can explain different phases of the EU’s policy process. This chapter also helps to explain why policy-making varies across issue areas within the EU.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolicy-making in the European Union
EditorsHelen Wallace, Mark A. Pollack, Christilla Roederer-Rynning, Alasdair R. Young
PublisherOxford University Press
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


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Young, A. R., & Roederer-Rynning, C. (Accepted/In press). The European Policy Process in a Comparative Perspective. In H. Wallace, M. A. Pollack, C. Roederer-Rynning, & A. R. Young (Eds.), Policy-making in the European Union Oxford University Press.