Pooling Administrative Resources through EU Regulatory Networks

Nina M. Vestlund has published an article in the Journal of European Public Policy, presenting new insights on intra-network decision behaviour. She shows how network participants pool resources under the coordination of an EU agency.

Abstract

Do European Union (EU) administrative networks help to preserve executive power at the member state level, or centralize executive power at the EU level? This article examines how resource pooling takes place in the European Medicines Regulatory Network (EMRN), and the relevance of organizational structure in explaining this. By doing so, the article adds both empirically and theoretically to the literature on EU networks. The article presents new insights on intra-network decision behaviour, showing how network participants, under the co-ordination of an EU agency, pool resources by sharing knowledge, information, practices and experiences, and by routinized division of labour. Furthermore, applying an organizational perspective the article identifies some organizational structural factors that facilitate resource pooling and contribute to centralization of the EMRN. The findings thus have implications for the debate on the effects of establishing EU regulatory networks for intra-network decision behaviour.

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Nina M. Vestlund
Pooling Administrative Resources through EU Regulatory Networks

Journal of European Public Policy, vol. 24 (1), pp. 61-80
Online 2015, DOI: 10.1080/13501763.2015.1118147

Published Dec. 21, 2015 9:35 AM - Last modified Jan. 30, 2017 1:19 PM