European Administrative Networks

The members of the research project in the Max Weber room, University Copenhagen. From left to right: Reini Schrama, Analia Cuevas, Søren Frandsen, Lukas Müller, Ellen Mastenbroek and Dorte Martinsen. 

Research Project

The European Commission has limited competences and resources for steering the implementation of European Union (EU) policies. In order to overcome these deficiencies, the Commission and member states have established European Administrative Networks (EANs): networks of national administrative representatives.

Most of the literature relies on a positive narrative of EANs’ problem-solving abilities, finding they fulfill an important role in facilitating the implementation and enforcement of EU policies. However, their actual and independent role in EU implementation is not yet well understood nor explained.

This project addresses a three-fold research gap in the literature, by asking: How do the functions, interaction modes, and impact of European Administrative Networks differ across policy areas? The role of EANs in EU implementation will be examined and compared for five policy areas; 1) health and 2) social welfare, 3) environment, 4) immigration and asylum and 5) internal market.

The Role of Administrative Networks in European Union Implementation was launched in autumn 2017 and is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research. The project is dedicated to gain understanding on how EANs work and build empirical insights into their relational structure and impact.