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Enforcing laws and policies in the European Union: Strategies and results

Tuesday 12 December 2017
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2017
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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About the lecture

In his talk, Dimiter Toshkov will introduce and analyse the complex institutional architecture for enforcing laws and policies in the European Union. Making sure that the member states do what they have agreed to in Brussels is challenging because the member states face incentives to shirk on their commitments and due to the European Commission's limited resources to monitor and enforce compliance with the EU rules. Against this background, Dimiter Toshkov develops a theoretical model of policy enforcement in a multi-level system of governance, such as the EU, and proposes an explanation of the puzzling empirical patterns generated by the application of the EU infringement procedures. He also assesses the effect of some recently-introduced dispute resolution mechanisms that do not rely on hard law to enforce compliance, such as SOLVIT and EU Pilot.

About the speaker

Dr. Dimiter Toshkov is Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Administration, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. His main fields of research are European Union politics, comparative public policy, and research methodology. He is also affiliated with the Central and East European Studies Centre.

Dimiter Toshkov studied public administration at Sofia University and Leiden University and completed professional training at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methodology (University of Michigan), European University Institute (Florence), and ETH (Zurich). He obtained a PhD degree from Leiden University in 2009 with a dissertation on the implementation of EU law in the post-communist countries from Central and Eastern Europe. His research has won prizes for best article in European Union Politics for 2011 and Public Administration (2013).

About the seminars

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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