Building EU Regulatory Capacity

The Work of Under-Resourced Agencies in the European Union

  • Eva Heims

Part of the Executive Politics and Governance book series (EXPOLGOV)

About this book


This book examines regulatory capacity beyond the nation state. It suggests that we can only understand why EU agencies are able to build EU regulatory capacity if we acknowledge that national regulators provide their expertise, staff and resources to the regulatory processes taking place in these EU bodies. This raises the puzzle of why national regulators are willing to provide ‘life support’ to potentially rival organisations. The book is devoted to answering this question in order to understand how EU regulatory capacity is created in the absence of a full supranational regulatory bureaucracy. To do so, the book studies to what extent national regulators from two countries (the UK and Germany) support EU agencies in their work across four policy sectors (drug safety, food safety, maritime safety and banking supervision). The book makes a significant contribution by developing a bureaucratic politics perspective that highlights the importance of national regulators for EU regulatory capacity building.

Eva Heims is Lecturer in Public Policy at the University of York, UK. She is also a research associate at the Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation, LSE, UK. Dr Heims’ research in the field of public policy and administration focuses on the politics of (transnational) regulation.


regulatory capacity EU agencies EU's capacity gap national regulators Bureaucratic politics organisational approach core mission regulatory challenges Drug safety monitoring pharmacovigilance Maritime safety inspections port state control Food safety risk assessment food controls banking supervision cross-border banks inter-organisational relationships autonomy

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  • Eva Heims
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PoliticsUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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