Understanding task allocation in the European Union: Exploring the value of federal theory

Benson, David and Jordan, Andrew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7678-1024 (2008) Understanding task allocation in the European Union: Exploring the value of federal theory. Journal of European Public Policy, 15 (1). pp. 78-97. ISSN 1466-4429

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After a long period in the doldrums, in recent years the use of federalism to understand the European Union (EU) has undergone something of a renaissance. However, some of its core claims remain ambiguous and many have not been tested empirically. This paper argues that amongst a number of truth claims made by federal theorists, potentially the most illuminating is that relating to the allocation of decision-making powers (or tasks) across different levels of governance. In testing the value of what appears to be an increasingly distinct 'turn' in EU scholarship, it subjects this particular claim to empirical testing within the area of environmental governance - a policy area which is especially well suited to federal theory. Drawing on three relevant federal theories, this paper concludes that each one sheds new light on task allocation, but all have their blind spots, suggesting the need for further refinement, empirical testing and possibly synthesis with other theoretical approaches.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2011 10:12
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 17:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/24882
DOI: 10.1080/13501760701702215

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