Handbook of Policy Transfer, Diffusion and Circulation
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Handbook of Policy Transfer, Diffusion and Circulation

Edited by Osmany Porto de Oliveira

This important Handbook brings together preeminent international scholars, sharing their comparative and international perspectives on the topic. Their original contributions cover the key issues and questions around policy transfer, diffusion and circulation research. Altogether, chapters illuminate how rich and provocative the current debate on the interpretation of how public policies travels is and the vibrancy of the area’s research within the broad planet of public policy analysis.
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Chapter 17: Policy transfer within the European Union and beyond: Europeanization in times of stability and crises

Ramona Coman and Elsa Tulmets


The European Union is a sui generis polity in which policy transfer shapes the relationship between supra-national institutions and domestic actors across different contexts. Scholars have defined this specific type of policy transfer as Europeanization. This chapter explores how this concept has been used to understand the effects of EU integration on the polity, policies and politics of EU member states, and how EU integration has extended to the field of foreign policy, then outside the EU, through enlargement and neighbourhood policies, to scrutinize the relations of the EU with the rest of the world. The chapter is organised as follows: the first section traces the origins of this concept, its definition and research designs. Empirical illustrations show that since the early 1990s, fast-forward integration has given rise to uneven forms of Europeanization within the EU and beyond. The chapter also examines how Europeanization has been challenged by resistance to integration and how recent crises have shaped not only EU integration, but also Europeanization processes.

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