Professor Martinsen has been awarded by the Danish Research Council – University of Copenhagen

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30 May 2017

Professor Martinsen has been awarded by the Danish Research Council

Professor Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen (PI) and professor Ellen Mastenbroek (Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands) have received a grant by the Danish Council for Independent Research. The grant of  4.499.035 DKK will finance a project on the role of administrative networks in European Union Implementation (2017-2021).

Project description:

The European Commission has limited competences and resources for steering the implementation of European Union (EU) policies. In order to overcome these deficiencies, the Commission and member states have established European Administrative Networks (EANs): networks of national administrative representatives.

Most of the literature relies on a positive narrative of EANs’ problem-solving abilities, finding they fulfill an important role in facilitating the implementation and enforcement of EU policies. However, their actual and independent role in EU implementation is not yet well understood nor explained.

This project addresses a three-fold research gap in the literature, by asking: How do the functions, interaction modes and impact of European Administrative Networks differ across policy areas? The role of EANs in EU implementation will be examined and compared for five policy areas; 1) health and 2) social welfare, 3) environment, 4) immigration and asylum and 5) internal market.

For a substantive background, see a recent review article on European Administrative Networks:

Mastenbroek, E. and Sindbjerg Martinsen, D. (2017). Filling the gap in the European administrative space: The role of administrative networks in EU implementation and enforcement. Journal of European Public Policy. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1080/13501763.2017.1298147.