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What explains the transposition behavior of states with EU directives? - A case study on Germany and France regarding the Family Reunification Directive (2003/86/EC).

Uhlig, Christina (2014) What explains the transposition behavior of states with EU directives? - A case study on Germany and France regarding the Family Reunification Directive (2003/86/EC).

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Abstract:This thesis aims to investigate whether the misfit theory (Börzel, 1999; Börzel & Risse, 2000; Börzel, 2003) and the world of compliance typology (Falkner, Treib et al., 2005) can explain France’s and Germany’s legal transposition behavior concerning the Family Reunification Directive. The validity of these approaches is tested through a qualitative, comparative case study investigation of European and national legal documents. It is found that France and Germany comply with major delay. However, both countries only exhibit minor legal misfit compared to the EU directive. This implies that the misfit theory may not explain the compliance patterns of those countries. The assumption that domestic issues may be linked to delay in transposition appears to be confirmed in the case of Germany. It is determined that the procedural characteristics of the world of compliance typology apply and consequently indicate that the world of compliance typology seems to explain the compliance behavior of the two EU member states. The findings of this study encourage further research on EU directives in the area of migration and asylum, using a bigger sample and investigating state-based approaches.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:10 humanities in general, 70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/64890
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