The Routledge Handbook of European Public Policy provides an in-depth and systematic understanding of EU policies. It covers theoretical approaches on the policy process and the various stages of public policy formulation and decision making, and discusses key questions of contemporary European governance. The handbook introduces major concepts, trends, and methodologies in a variety of comparative settings thereby providing the first systematic effort to include theoretical and substantive analyses of European public policies in a single volume.

The handbook is divided into four sections:

  • Concepts and approaches in EU policymaking;
  • Substantive policies of the EU, including economic and social, fiscal and monetary, areas of freedom, security, and justice, and external policies;
  • Elements of the policy cycle;
  • Themes ranging from crisis and resistance to controversies in education.

This handbook will be an essential reference for students and scholars of the European Union, public policy, social policy, and more broadly for European and comparative politics.

chapter 1|12 pages

European Union policymaking

Issues and debates
ByLaurie Buonanno, Nikolaos Zahariadis

section I|39 pages

Concepts and approaches

chapter 2|10 pages

Principal-agent models and EU policy-making

ByKaragiannis Yannis, Guidi Mattia

chapter 3|7 pages

Regulatory governance in the EU

ByCagossi Alessandro

chapter 4|10 pages

The multiple streams APPROACH

ByHerweg Nicole, Zahariadis Nikolaos

chapter 5|10 pages

Punctuated equilibrium theory

ByDaniela Beyer, Christian Breunig, Marco Radojevic

section 2|221 pages

Substantive policies

part I|14 pages

Economic and social policies

chapter 6|12 pages

The single market

ByLaurie Buonanno

chapter 7|8 pages

EU competition rules and the European integration project

ByAngela Wigger, Hubert Buch-Hansen

chapter 8|11 pages

Changing governance of cohesion policy

ByCarolyn M. Dudek

chapter 9|10 pages

Social policy

ByClaire Dupuy, Sophie Jacquot

chapter 10|7 pages

Gender policy

BySophie Jacquot

part II|44 pages

Fiscal and monetary policies

chapter 11|9 pages

Economic and monetary union

ByWaltraud Schelkle

chapter 12|10 pages

Banking UNION 1

ByStefaan De Rynck

chapter 13|10 pages

Accountability in the Economic and Monetary Union

The “globalization trilemma”
ByNikitas Konstantinidis, Ruben Treurniet

chapter 14|13 pages

The EU budget

ByGabriele Cipriani

part III|36 pages

Area of freedom, security, and justice

chapter 15|10 pages

European immigration and asylum policy

ByAlexander Caviedes

chapter 16|12 pages

Police and judicial cooperation policy

ByStephen Rozée, Christian Kaunert, Sarah Léonard

chapter 17|12 pages

European Union privacy and data protection policy

ByGeorge Christou

part IV|51 pages

External policies

chapter 18|10 pages

The Common Foreign and Security Policy

The EU as a global actor
BySara Kahn-Nisser

chapter 19|10 pages

Trade policy

ByHolly Jarman

chapter 20|15 pages

Enlargement policy

ByNeill Nugent

chapter 21|14 pages

The European neighborhood policy

ByMariam Dekanozishvili

part V|31 pages

Sectoral policies

chapter 22|10 pages

The Common Agricultural Policy

Common dynamics of policy change in an uncommon policy domain
ByGerry Alons, Pieter Zwaan

chapter 23|10 pages

European energy policy

ByNicole Herweg

chapter 24|9 pages

EU policy on the environment

ByJale Tosun

section III|69 pages

The policy cycle

chapter 25|9 pages

Lobbying and interest group politics in the European Union

ByAndreas Hofmann

chapter 26|11 pages

Agenda setting in the European Union

ByPetya Alexandrova, Marcello Carammia

chapter 27|9 pages

Understanding the EU’s policymaking institutions

ByMcCormick John

chapter 28|15 pages

Strategic framing and the European Commission

ByRhinard Mark

chapter 29|8 pages

Implementation and enforcement of EU policies

ByFalkner Gerda

chapter 30|13 pages

If evaluation is the solution, what is the problem? 1

ByDunlop Claire A., Radaelli Claudio M.

section 4|42 pages


part I|10 pages

Crisis and resistance

chapter 31|8 pages

Resisting in times of crisis

The implementation of European austerity plans in Ireland and Greece
ByFontan Clément, Saurugger Sabine, Zahariadis Nikolaos

chapter 32|7 pages

Resistance in European Union health care policy

ByGreer Scott L.

chapter 33|6 pages

Evasion as a mechanism of resistance (not only) to European law

ByTöller Annette Elisabeth

part II|16 pages

Controversies in European higher education

chapter 34|7 pages

European-level policy dynamics in higher education

ByVukasovic Martina

chapter 35|7 pages

The infusion of Europe in public policy

The case of higher education
ByPauline Ravinet