New Horizons in Public Policy series
Edited by Fergus Carr and Andrew Massey
Fergus Carr and Andrew Massey In 1999 Edward Elgar published our Public Policy in the New Europe: Eurogovernance in Theory and Practice, which sought to analyse the institutions and processes of multi-level governance in Europe. The text addressed a number of theoretical approaches to European integration, government and governance followed by an empirical analysis of key policy areas in European politics. The primary focus of the book was the European Union (EU), although the wider Europe and the inﬂuence of the USA were acknowledged. The focus of this text, Public Policy and the New European Agendas, is similar to its predecessor but places a far greater emphasis upon Europe’s new policy agendas. We see two key themes as of particular salience for policy makers: the enlargement of the European Union; and the place of Europe in international politics. Enlargement challenges virtually all aspects of existing EU policy from agriculture to security. Enlargement does not just expand the single market but places new demands upon public policy developed for a constituency now eclipsed, as 15 member states have become 25. Reform is therefore predicated but carries its own challenges as the balance of interests inherent in existing policy provisions, for example, in agricultural subsidies or social welfare, has to be unpacked. This in turn leads to the questions of what reform programme Europe is going to adopt and the degree of liberalization that will be introduced into social and economic policy, and what models Europe will follow and how electorates...