Customized Implementation of European Union Food Safety Policy

United in Diversity?

  • Eva Thomann

Part of the International Series on Public Policy book series (ISPP)

About this book


"This book shifts the frontier of EU implementation research by studying the national customization of EU food law. Combining a highly original focus with a systematic approach, it produces very valuable insights on how EU policies fare after being adopted in Brussels."
Ellen Mastenbroek, Professor of European Public Policy, Radboud University, Nijmegen 

This book sheds light on the patterns, causes and consequences of the “customization” of European Union (EU) policies. Even if they comply, member states interpret and adapt EU rules in very diverse ways when putting them into practice. We can think of and measure this diversity as a phenomenon of regulatory change along the implementation chain. The book explores what explains customization, and what it means for providing policy solutions to shared problems. It studies the implementation of EU food safety policies in Austria, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland using innovative qualitative comparative techniques. After looking at the role of prominent compliance arguments and the “logics of action” for customization, the study assesses how differing degrees of customization affect the success of the implementation. The book provides a new, evidence-based perspective on “gold-plating” and better regulation in Europe for scholars, students and practitioners of policy implementation, European integration and Europeanization alike.

Eva Thomann is a senior lecturer in politics at the Department of Politics, University of Exeter, UK. Her research about the implementation of public policies particularly focuses on member state implementation in the European Union and policy implementation by “street-level bureaucrats”. She specializes in set-theoretic comparative configurational research methods.


customization discretion Europeanization policy implementation gold-plating regulatory change comparative research design set-theoretic methods compliance fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis explanatory typologies logic of appropriateness logic of consequences implementation success pracital implementation adaptive implementation better regulation

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  • Eva Thomann
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  1. 1.University of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom

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