A street-level perspective on non-compliance in the EU: new lessons to draw?

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Series Details Volume 27, Number 1, Pages 1-14
Publication Date September 2018
ISSN 1478-2790
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European integration fundamentally depends upon the respect for and implementation of harmonized rules that ensure equivalent conditions between all member states.
However, these rules are only as good as their practical implementation.
While there is a vast amount of literature analysing how EU legislation is enshrined into national law, EU implementation studies still struggle to explain deficiencies in their application on the ground.
Especially accounts on the role of street-level implementers, i.e. those actors making most discretionary decisions and holding the technical knowledge, are scarce.
This article intends to contribute to our understanding of practical implementation by presenting the results of a qualitative case study on the remaining challenges for street-level implementers to comply with EU drug safety legislation in four member states.
The analysis substantiates two factors that were already identified by previous studies, i.e. insufficient resources and a lack of effective enforcement practices, and identifies two additional impediments that hitherto received only scant attention, namely implementers’ resistance to the content of a certain policy as well as a lack of proper training possibilities.
Source Link https://doi.org/10.1080/14782804.2018.1519486
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