Edited by Sara Drake and Melanie Smith
Chapter 4: The virtues of interdependence and informality: an analysis of the role of transnational networks in the implementation of EU directives
AbstractNetworked cooperation has come to be seen as an important governance instrument for improving implementation of international law. The current study presents new empirical evidence on the functioning of networks in the implementation of EU directives on product safety, air safety, and pollution prevention. Based on 28 interviews with participants of networks, this study illustrates that, while interdependence may motivate cooperation, the perception of a network as informal is the determining factor for it to be perceived to add benefit. Informality opens up opportunities for mutual learning to occur, mutual trust to flourish, and resource sharing and conflict resolution to take place.
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