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3. The Europeanization of National Knowledge Regimes

Authors : Johan Christensen, Cathrine Holst

Published in: The Contestation of Expertise in the European Union

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

Decision-making in the European Union is often characterized as technocratic and depoliticized. But has European integration also increased the role of experts and expertise in national policy-making? The chapter addresses this issue by developing a theoretical argument about the interaction between the ‘knowledge regimes’ at the European and national levels. It argues that national institutions for the provision of knowledge and advice may adapt to the knowledge architecture at the EU level, through pressure from EU-level institutions, imitation and expert networks. Yet, there are also mechanisms that work towards continued variation, such as institutional complementarities and path dependence. The chapter discusses mechanisms of adaptation or continued divergence within four institutional sites: expert agencies; advisory bodies and consultation mechanisms; parliamentary expertise; and research and education policy and institutions.

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Footnotes
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There may of course also be transversal Links, such as between the policy-making regime at the EU level and the production regime at the national level. For the sake of simplicity, these links are not examined or depicted here.
 
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Metadata
Title
The Europeanization of National Knowledge Regimes
Authors
Johan Christensen
Cathrine Holst
Copyright Year
2021
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-54367-9_3