This paper presentation on 'Mending the hole in multilevel implementation: Administrative cooperation related to worker mobility' is part of the Law and Justice Across Borders seminar series.
European economic integration creates unintended consequences for national public administrations. This article offers a conceptual and empirical analysis of how these challenges are met. First, three challenges are identified: a reduced capacity to offer services to citizens who move freely, increasing administrative burdens, and negative externalities for all parts from a single states’ administrative failure. Second, a conceptual framework is developed that links each challenge to a most likely response in form of modes of administrative cooperation. Third, the framework is illustrated by an empirical analysis of the coordination of social security systems, labor inspectorates, and posted workers. The case studies show that horizontal administrative cooperation is developed stepwise over time and in line with the theoretical framework. In sum, we can sustain that horizontal administrative cooperation is a relevant additional integration dynamic that buffers unintended effects of market integration on formally independent but increasingly interdependent member state executive bodies.
Eva G. Heidbreder is professor for "multilevel governance in Europe“ at the Otto von Guericke University of Magdeburg. Previous positions include a junior professorship at the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, where she also completed her Habilitation. She held visiting professorships at the University of Konstanz, the Humboldt University as well as the Free University Berlin. After completing her PhD at the European University Institute in Florence, she held post-doc positions at the Free University and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She completed a MA in Modern European Studies at the University of North London, a Magister in European Studies at the University of Osnabrück, as well as a post-graduate diploma in the same field at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna.
Her research foci comprise topics such as effective and legitimate governance in the EU, horizontal implementation networks in EU policy-making, civil society involvement, including such concrete research questions as the negotiating process of the British EU exit. She is co-speaker of various sections or working groups in national and international professional organisations, including the International Political Science Association (IPSA), the European Group for Public Administration (EGPA) and the German Association for Political Science (DVPW).
More information on Prof. Heidbreder can be found here.
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