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William Phelan: Great Judgements of the European Court of Justice (Review)

Remapping the European Agenda‐Setting Landscape

In the European Union, agenda‐setting is formally centralized with the European Commission. During the last decade since the Lisbon Treaty, however, this agenda‐setting monopoly was challenged by other institutions against the backdrop of Treaty …

European Environmental Policy at 50. Five Decades of Escaping Decision Traps?

Rather than being constrained by the least ambitious governments, the EU has until recently set the pace of national environmental policy. The contribution examines why the EU was often able to set the pace despite the institutionalist expectation …

Agenda-Dynamics in the European Politics of Land: Explaining the Soil Protection Gap

Soil is a non-renewable and increasingly deteriorating resource, yet it is barely protected by European Union (EU) legislation. This constitutes a puzzling gap within the otherwise encompassing and progressive environmental policy of the EU. To …

Policy Coherence by Subterfuge? Arenas and Compromise-Building in the EU Energy Efficiency Policy

This paper looks at how policy‐makers use various alternative decision arenas to avoid internal policy incoherence. Inconsistency between goals and measures in a policy indirectly results from conflicting interests pulling in different directions …

National Constitutional Jurisprudence in a Post-National Europe: The ESM Ruling of the German Federal Constitutional Court and the Disavowal of Conflict

In its pending decision on the constitutionality of the European Stability Mechanism and Fiscal Compact, the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) has recently ruled on several applications for temporary injunctions against the transposition of …

Process Tracing in the Development and Validation of Theoretical Explanations: The Example of Environmental Policy-Making in the EU

This article recalls a distinction between research designs that focus on either the ‘causes of effects’ or the ‘effects of causes’ and compares it to a related but not identical distinction between the aims of developing and testing theoretical …

Der Steuerpolitische ‘Aktivismus’ des Bundesverfassungsgerichts als Pfadabhängige Entwicklung

Since the mid-1980s, the Federal Constitutional Court has increasingly constrained the legislative leeway for tax policy-making. This article investigates the causes of the Court’s ostensible judicial “activism” in tax matters. The following analysis …

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