The Future of Regulatory Capacity Building in the EU

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


The theoretical argument that this book developed in Chap.  2 was largely sustained in empirical analysis of four cases studies. Regulatory capacity in the EU is built despite the significant resource limitations faced by EU agencies and is based on inter-organisational relations between EU and national regulatory bodies. This mutual capacity building leads to a general enhancement of autonomy and influence of regulatory bodies vis-à-vis other government actors, and the chapter considers the implications of this for executive politics dynamics in the EU. It also discusses the UK’s exit from the EU. UK regulators have made a considerable contribution to EU capacity building, which implies that ‘Brexit’ is likely to be a lose-lose situation as far as regulatory capacity building is concerned.


Inter-organisational relationships Autonomy Executive politics ‘Brexit’ 


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

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