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Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations

Beyond Accession in Central and Eastern Europe Edited by Agnes Batory, Central European University, Andrew Cartwright, Center for Policy Studies, Central European University, Hungary and Diane Stone, University of Canberra, Australia and University of Warwick, UK
Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations takes a policy studies perspective in considering post-communist EU member states’ experiences since accession. The book analyses policy transfer processes and expands the new and growing sub-field of policy failure by interrogating the binary ideas of ‘failure’ and ‘success’ in the context of the Central Eastern European (CEE) transition, democratic consolidation and European Union membership.
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Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78536 748 9
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • European Politics and Policy
  • Public Administration and Management
Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations takes a policy studies perspective in considering post-communist EU member states’ experiences since accession. The book analyses policy transfer processes and expands the new and growing sub-field of policy failure by interrogating the binary ideas of ‘failure’ and ‘success’ in the context of the Central Eastern European (CEE) transition, democratic consolidation and European Union membership.

Contributions consider the extent to which external models have had real traction in the political economies and societies of the CEE countries. The book also considers the ways external models were adapted, transformed or sometimes abandoned in response to unexpected difficulties in implementation. It provides critical analysis of the setbacks, real or perceived policy failures, as well as innovations and unexpected outcomes in a number of important policy areas in the ‘new’ member states of the EU.

This book will be of interest to policy studies scholars and European Union/European studies scholars. It is also relevant for students of European politics as well as general public policy degree courses at undergraduate and graduate level.
‘Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovation breaks new ground for the understanding of policy diffusion, transfer and change in the face of Europeanisation and globalisation. The volume presents a welcome analysis of policy developments in Central and Eastern Europe since European Union accession, while tracing many reforms in a wide range of policy areas to the pre-accession period. The chapters provide fascinating accounts of experimentation, re-interpretation, indigenisation, hybridisation and policy learning in Central and Eastern Europe a quarter of a century after the end of communism and more than a decade since accession to the European Union. Combining theoretical ambition and empirical depth, this volume is essential reading for scholars, students and practitioners with an interest in public policy in Europe and beyond.’
– Jan Meyer-Sahling, University of Nottingham, UK

‘At last a book that makes sense of processes of policy diffusion and transfer in Central and Eastern European countries as they adapt to Europeanisation. Batory, Cartwright and Stone have written an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the complexities of European integration at the institutional level. Theoretically informed and empirically driven this is mandatory reading for public policy academics and analysts alike.’
– Mark Evans, University of Canberra, Australia

‘Bringing Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) into the EU meant transferring the EU – its laws, norms and institutions – into the CEE. Was it successful? This outstanding collection reveals a tortured tango of EU transfer and CEE response, in which a choreography of compliance is often contested, resisted or adapted to local needs and conditions. Innovative in theory, and rich in detail, the chapters provide a fresh and timely assessment of the Europeanization project, and its differing fortunes across the region.’
– Leslie A. Pal, Carleton University, Canada
Contributors: D. Adascalitei, A. Batory, A. Cartwright, D. Craciun, S. Domonkos, H. Grabbe, A. Kemmerling, A. Krizsan, K. Makszin, L. Matei, G. Medve-Bálint, B.G. Peters, D. Stone, S. Svensson, A. Tétényi, S. Torotcoi, V. Zentai











Contents:

Foreword by Heather Grabbe

1. Trial and Error: Policy Experiments, Failures and Innovations in Central and Eastern Europe
Agnes Batory, Andrew Cartwright and Diane Stone

2. When does Policy Diffusion Affect Policy Instability? Cases of Excessive Policy Volatility in Welfare Policies in East Central Europe
Achim Kemmerling and Kristin Makszin

3. Learn from thy Neighbor: Emulation and Learning in Eastern European Mandatory Private Pensions Reforms
Dragos Adascalitei and Stefan Domonkos

4. Translating Domestic violence norms in five countries of Central Eastern Europe
Andrea Krizsan

5. National Roma Inclusion Policies in Central and Eastern Europe: Diverging Learning Paths with Residual Outcomes
Violetta Zentai

6. EU cohesion policy and the Eastern member states: A case of transnational policy convergence
Gergő Medve-Bálint

7. Euroregions -- Institutional transfer and reinterpreted norms in Central and Eastern Europe
Sara Svensson

8. Hungarian international development policy: a case for conflicted success
András Tétényi

9. A resounding success or downright failure? Understanding policy transfer within the Bologna Process in Central and Eastern Europe
Liviu Matei, Daniela Craciun, Simona Torotcoi

10. Reforming through Borrowing and Learning: Easy, but so Terribly Difficult
B. Guy Peters

Index