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The concept of – The EU as structural element of subnational governance -

Prins, Jolien (2009) The concept of – The EU as structural element of subnational governance -.

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Abstract:Europaproof is a contested term which is widely used in practice. Europaproof is used by the central government to make subnational governments aware of the ability to use the pros and to handle the cons offered by the EU. Subnational governments have to implement Europaproof. However, it lacks a common understanding. This research focus on whether scientific literature can be helpful in order to conceptualize an empty phrase. Additionally, policy documents and manuals by the central government fail to deliver a common conceptualisation either. This research aims at developing a concept of Europaproof applicable to subnational governments, based on scientific studies about European Integration. The research question is: How can Europaproof be conceptualized in order to be applicable to subnational governments? Studies of European integration contribute to Europaproof in three ways. First, it explains why Europaproof is important to include in subnational governance. Second, it explains how subnational governments participate with the European Union and what the role of subnational governments is. Third, it explains what the impacts of the EU on local and regional governments are. Together these studies show that subnational government cannot ignore the EU any longer. Subnational governments have to integrate the EU in their organization and make the EU a structural element of subnational governance. This research benefits from earlier studies, especially on multi-level governance and Europeanization.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies MSc (69303)
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