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Remaking Europe: New article explores supra-national policy making the in EU

Article by Dr. Stephen McBride (Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Public Policy) and Sorin Mitrea (Political Science PhD Candidate) unpacks the layers and complexities of policy-making in the EU.

May 10, 2017

When people imagine policy-making, they likely picture elected representatives in their national assemblies. However, that is not always the case, as a new article by Dr. Stephen McBride (Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Public Policy) and Sorin Mitrea (Political Science PhD Candidate) unpacks the layers and complexities of policy-making in the EU. In short, the findings indicate that a dense web of surveillance, reporting, and disciplinary mechanisms tie EU member states to a supra-national policy project in labour market and fiscal policy. Individual states face harsh penalties (for instance, 0.5% of GDP) for deviating from the goals prescribed to them from above, which overwhelmingly focus on aggressive measures to achieve balanced budgets and lower labour costs.

 

For the full article: "Austerity and constitutionalizing structural reform of labour in the European Union"