Abstract As in all good myths, the origins of Delors’ myth about his prediction that in the future 80% of all national legislation will originate from the EU level, are unclear. Did he state this in a speech in Brussels, or in London or even in another place? No matter when and where he said this, with this statement he posited in any case a nice empirical research question for us political scientists to dig into. How strong is indeed the influence of the EU on national legislation? In a joint European project of 6 European countries we are tackling this puzzle. In this paper we take the formal legislation as a starting point. We want to analyze the influence of the Eu level on national legislation, but we also want to compare this with other venues of the political arena: the annual Queen’s speech and the coalition agreements. We use a dataset on national laws, queens speeches and coalition agreements developed within the Dutch Policy Agendas Project. Dataset covers period 1984-2007 and consists of over 3,800 content coded laws, all annual queen speeches (1945-2009) and the coalition agreements between 1973-2006.
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||IPSA, International Conference, Is there a European Model of Governance?, Luxembourg - |
Duration: 18 Mar 2010 → 20 Mar 2010
|Conference||IPSA, International Conference, Is there a European Model of Governance?, Luxembourg|
|Period||18/03/10 → 20/03/10|