How Europe Shapes British Public Policy
Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol
“There is a huge amount to learn from reading Janice Morphet’s fascinating and provocative book. Whether you are a critic or supporter of the European Union, you should sit up and take notice of this account of its importance for policy making in Britain.”
About the author
1. Introduction: UK’s relationship with the EU
Policy impulse and progression in the EU
The provenance of Britain’s position
A culture of denial?
Camouflaging the EU’s influence on British public policy
Devolution, the UK and the EU
Conclusions: nature or nurture—what is the genealogical and cultural legacy of 50 years of this approach?
2. Mechanisms of policymaking
Strategy and policy: the ‘So what?’ question
Policy provenance and impulse for change
Mechanisms of policymaking and their influence
Influence in and on policymaking
3. British public policymaking
Setting British public policy agendas
British public policy: the role of internal and external influences
Role of the civil service in policymaking
Devolution: the changing context of policymaking
4. Shaping policy in the EU
Theories, claims and wider explanations of policy development within the EU
Policy provenance and impulses in the EU
Effects of EU policymaking
Conclusions: what kind of governance machine is the EU?
5. Trade and competition
Conducting trade policy in the EU
Introduction of EU legislation on public procurement
Transposition of trade requirements into UK practice and delivery
Impact of competition on central government
Impact of competition on local government
6. The Single European Market and transport
The EU approach to implementing the Single European Act
Implementation of the Single European Market in the UK
Influence of the Single European Market in the UK: the case of transport policy
How has the EU shaped the UK’s transport policies?
7. Environment and sustainability
Development of the EU environmental competencies and programmes
Reception of the EU environmental agenda in the UK
How has the UK fared in comparison with other member states?
Implications of pooling the UK’s environmental policy in the EU
8. Territory and subsidiarity
EU policies as spatial instruments
Multi-Level Governance: theory, outcome or policy?
The role of subsidiarity
How has subsidiarity shaped and influenced British public policies?
9. How does Europe shape British public policy?
Policy shaping in practice
Detecting where the EU shapes British public policy