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Adoption of EU Business and Human Rights Policy

The Use of Discretion in the National Transposition of EU Directives


Part of the Contributions to Political Science book series (CPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Peter Drahn
    Pages 1-16
  3. Peter Drahn
    Pages 97-120
  4. Peter Drahn
    Pages 227-251
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 253-266

About this book


This book explores how and why the transposition of EU directives in the new and contentious policy area ‘Business and Human Rights’ differs between member states. It reveals the extent to which individual member states are pursuing diverging approaches in dealing with the ‘discretionary space’ in EU directives, and highlights theoretical and political explanations. Drawing on historical institutionalism and rational choice institutionalism, the book establishes a link between the degree of corporatism in a given political economy and government behaviour in terms of Business and Human Rights policy. Moreover, it identifies political salience within the policy subsystem as a pertinent factor for explaining national transposition outcomes. 


EU integration Corporate social responsibility EU compliance EU regulatory compliance EU directive transposition Business and human rights EU governance

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Jean Monnet Chair—Department of Political Science and European AffairsUniversity of CologneCologneGermany

About the authors

Peter Drahn, Ph.D., is a political scientist at the University of Cologne, Germany. His research chiefly focuses on EU compliance in the field of corporate responsibility regulation.

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