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Handbook of European Policies (2019)

(Publisher : Edward Elgard Publishing)

Author(s) : Hubert Heinelt and Sybille Münch

This definitive Handbook addresses the current lack of research into European policymaking and development using an interpretive perspective. Questioning areas that mainstream approaches tend to neglect, contributors target the ways in which ideas, arguments, and discourses shape policies in the institutional context of the EU.


The Handbook of European Policies provides an in-depth and comprehensive introduction for all significant policy areas in the EU, highlighting the theories of post-positivism and interpretivism. With rich explanations of different methodological and conceptual approaches to post-positivist research, key chapters consider the essential exchange between EU integration studies and EU policy studies, examining how both can benefit from this new and exciting approach. Offering theoretically grounded answers, this Handbook creates a dialogue between critical policy studies and European integration theory.

Academics and practitioners concerned with the functioning of EU policies will benefit from the eminent contributors’ insights into issues high on the institutional agenda of the EU and its member states. In addition, the Handbook is suitable for both undergraduate and graduate courses concerned with European integration and EU policies.

Table of contents

Hubert Heinelt and Sybille Münch

1. The constructivist turn in EU public policy approaches
Sabine Saurugger

2. The role of ideas and discourse in European integration
Vivien A. Schmidt

3. EU policies and the Europeanization of domestic policymaking
Claudio M. Radaelli

4. How to explain discursive change: An actor-centered approach to interpretive explanation
Frank Nullmeier

5. The framing of EU policies
Falk Daviter

6. EU agricultural policy
Peter H. Feindt

7. The structural funds and EU cohesion policy
Hubert Heinelt and Wolfgang Petzold

8. European spatial planning policy 
Rob Atkinson and Karsten Zimmermann

9. EU consumer policy 
Katharina T. Paul and Holger Straßheim

10. EU trade policy
Yelter Bollen

11. EU environmental policy
Miranda A. Schreurs

12. EU energy policy
Michèle Knodt

13. EU research, technological development and innovation policy
Peter Biegelbauer and Matthias Weber

14. European higher education policy 
Dorota Dakowska and Kathia Serrano Velarde

15. EU foreign policy
Xymena Kurowska

16. EU development policy
Sarah Delputte and Jan Orbie

17. EU migration and asylum policies
Sybille Münch

18. EU gender equality policies 
Johanna Kantola and Emanuela Lombardo

19. Think tanks in EU public policies 
Jesper Dahl Kelstrup

20. Strategic use and social taming – Opening up the doctrine of market competition in public procurement
Detlef Sack and E. K. Sarter








Bibliographic Information

‘Until recently European Studies was the taken for granted domain of mainstream political science. Its vocabulary has been that of states, rational actors, institutions, power, principal-agent relationships, and rational games. By introducing an interpretive approach to European Studies this excellent volume significantly broadens the intellectual horizon of the field. The contributors ask important new research questions and introduce new analytical tools (such as frame and discourse analysis) that will set the field’s agenda for years to come.’


– Hendrik Wagenaar, University of Sheffield, UK


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