How European integration frees national agencies
How has the process of European integration affected the allocation of policy authority within national governments? In the current issue of Governance, Tobias Bach, Eva Ruffing, and Kutsal Yesilkagit examine the combined effects of two trends: one is integration, and the second is the movement to move responsibilities to semiautonomous agencies. “European and agencification,” the authors say, has allowed the emergence of transnational administrative networks that are better able to handle cross-border policy problems. But it has also strengthened national agencies’ position in national policymaking. The article examines developments in Germany and the Netherlands. Read the article.