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An ever-closer union?: measuring the expansion and ideological content of European Union policy-making through an expert survey

Nanou, Kyriaki; Zapryanova, Galina; Toth, Fanni

Authors

Kyriaki Nanou

Galina Zapryanova

Fanni Toth



Abstract

Only a few studies have measured the expansion of European Union competences and they have relied on information derived from consecutive treaties, producing measures that do not vary in between. But decisions on the allocation of authority to the European Union also occur regularly through secondary legislation. This article presents a new index of the Europeanisation of policy based on an expert survey. The index provides a valuable new resource, encompassing 1957 to 2014, on the distribution of authority between the European Union and member states across policy fields, and on the ideological content of primary and secondary legislation. The study discusses the contributions made to existing scholarship, presents key findings from experts’ assessments, and demonstrates how the dataset can advance research on European integration.

Citation

Nanou, K., Zapryanova, G., & Toth, F. (2017). An ever-closer union?: measuring the expansion and ideological content of European Union policy-making through an expert survey. European Union Politics, 18(4), https://doi.org/10.1177/1465116517721657

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 28, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 31, 2017
Publication Date Dec 1, 2017
Deposit Date Aug 22, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 22, 2017
Journal European Union Politics
Print ISSN 1465-1165
Electronic ISSN 1741-2757
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 4
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1465116517721657
Keywords Europeanisation, European Union, ideology, member states, policy-making
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/898179
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1465116517721657

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