ARENA Tuesday seminar: Eva Thomann (online)
Eva Thomann presents her co-authored paper Literal compliance with EU fiscal policy: why the unlikely happens at the Tuesday Seminar on 8 November 2022.
Research on member state compliance with EU policies focuses on the question whether or not national laws and policies are congruent with the intentions of the EU rules. However, a growing body of evidence on "customization" of EU policies shows that even if member states comply with EU law, they interpret and adapt it during transposition, leading to significant differences in regulatory density and restrictiveness. Thus, the "ideal type" of literal compliance, where EU rules are adopted virtually with no changes, is both rare and, we argue, improbable. But why do EU member states engage in literal compliance? We analyze this question in the "unlikely" case of transposition of the EU's Fiscal Compact, where customized implementation is crucial for member states to "regain control" over a core state power. Based on EU compliance literature, literal compliance is modeled as the possible result of high policy fit as well as domestic ability and willingness to comply. We analyze empirically the transposition of six fiscal treaty rules in France, Germany, and Italy (N=18) using fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis. Our study moves the field forward by zooming in on the hitherto neglected phenomenon of literal compliance, and analyzing customization of EU treaty (as opposed to secondary) law.
Paper will be published shortly.