Policy monitoring in the EU: The impact of institutions, implementation, and quality

Schoenefeld, Jonas, Schulze, Kai, Mikael Hildén, Mikael and Jordan, Andy (2019) Policy monitoring in the EU: The impact of institutions, implementation, and quality. Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 60 (4). 719–741. ISSN 0032-3470

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Policy monitoring is often seen as a crucial ingredient of policy evaluation, but theoretically informed empirical analyses of real-world policy monitoring practices are still rare. This paper addresses this gap by focusing on climate policy monitoring in the European Union, which has a relatively stringent system of greenhouse gas monitoring but a much less demanding approach to monitoring policies. It explores how institutional settings, policy implementation, and the quality of information may impact the practices and politics of policy monitoring. Drawing on quantitative regression models and qualitative interviews, it demonstrates that policy monitoring has evolved over time and is itself subject to implementation pressures, but also exhibits learning effects that improve its quality. In further developing both everyday policy monitoring practices and academic understanding of them, there is a need to pay attention to their design—specifically, the impact of any overarching rules, the institutional support for implementation, and the criteria governing the quality of the information they deliver. In short, policy monitoring should be treated as a governance activity in its own right, raising many different design challenges.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climatic Change
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2020 04:13
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2020 23:54
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/73495
DOI: 10.1007/s11615-019-00209-2

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