Making sense of the governance and management of public policy in Europe


Policy governance

Making sense of the governance and management of public policy in Europe

Closely associated with its research programmes on national and EU regional policymaking, EPRC staff have a range of interests associated with the governance and management of public policies in Europe. A particular focus is on the concepts of multi-level governance and as well as the interrelationships and interactions between the EU (and specific institutions) and Member State authorities at national and regional levels. Studies have examined the allocation and exercise of competences in the economic development field across a range of countries and phases of the policy cycle, including the mechanisms to negotiate, plan and deliver development strategies involving public, private and societal actors and interest groups as well as citizens, research also investigates issues of accountability and compliance, and the use of mechanisms such as conditionalities. A growing area of research under this theme is on quality of government, the relationship between institutional and administrative capacity as well as policy performance.