ARENA Tuesday seminar: Elin Lerum Boasson

Elin Lerum Boasson presents the paper 'Circular Europeanization: inter-dependence, mutual learning, dis-connection, and EU supreme' at the ARENA Tuesday seminar on 10 May 2022.


This paper offers a set of analytical tools that can help us to get a more systematic and coherent understanding of the role and importance of the EU for national developments, and the reverse: the role and importance of domestic developments for the EU. To understand the political dynamics of most contemporary EU policy developments, we need to account for EU having had policies for several decades already. During prior policy developments, member states have established differing relationships with the EU and their role in the EU policy process party rely on the nature of this relationship. When the EU-member state relationship within the issue area differs across countries, implementation of an EU policy can in and of itself render different consequences across countries. Four types of inter-relationships may occur between EU-level and domestic policy development: Inter-dependence, mutual learning, disconnection, and EU supreme. Inter-dependent countries will have a conflictual relationship with the EU and the domestic and EU level developments will be intimately intertwined, mutual-learning countries will only gain influence if they develop new ideas, and disconnected countries will only shallowly implement EU policies, primarily for symbolic gain. Only in the rare instances that the EU has gained the supreme power within an issue area, the EU level is the most important and member states’ influence follows from their voting power and political skills in EU level negotiations.

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Please note that this paper is work in progress and thus has limited distribution, please contact us if you would like access. Do not cite without permission from the author.

The event is hybrid. If you would like to attend digitally, contact Silva Hoffmann to get the zoom link. 

Published Feb. 3, 2022 3:52 PM - Last modified May 4, 2022 8:15 AM