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Record number 402338
Title The Europeanization of Law Making in the Netherlands
Author(s) Breeman, G.E.; Timmermans, A.
Event Delors’ Myth Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, 2010-01-22/2010-01-22
Department(s) Public Administration and Policy
Publication type Abstract in scientific journal or proceedings
Publication year 2010
Abstract Abstract As in all good myths, the origins of Delors’ myth about his prediction that in the future 80% of all national legislation will originate from the EU level, are unclear. Did he state this in a speech in Brussels, or in London or even in another place? No matter when and where he said this, with this statement he posited in any case a nice empirical research question for us political scientists to dig into. How strong is indeed the influence of the EU on national legislation? In a joint European project of 6 European countries we are tackling this puzzle. In this paper we take the formal legislation as a starting point. We want to analyze the influence of the Eu level on national legislation, but we also want to compare this with other venues of the political arena: the annual Queen’s speech and the coalition agreements. We use a dataset on national laws, queens speeches and coalition agreements developed within the Dutch Policy Agendas Project. Dataset covers period 1984-2007 and consists of over 3,800 content coded laws, all annual queen speeches (1945-2009) and the coalition agreements between 1973-2006.
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