Policy Coherence for Development in the European Union: Do New Procedures Unblock or Simply Reproduce Old Disagreements?

TitlePolicy Coherence for Development in the European Union: Do New Procedures Unblock or Simply Reproduce Old Disagreements?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsAdelle, C., and A. Jordan
Journal TitleJournal of European Integration
Keywordsbureaucratic procedures, impact assessment, Policy coherence for development, policy coordination
Abstract

Policy coherence for development (PCD) - the integration of the needs of developing countries into all policy areas - is now an EU policy goal. This article focuses on how far this ambitious goal has been addressed in a policy procedure - impact assessment (IA) - established to support such cross-cutting goals. Drawing on an analysis of the 2006 and 2013 reforms of the EU's sugar policy, it finds that while IA offered a new venue in which to debate PCD, in practice it reproduced the same disagreements that previously frustrated agricultural reform. The article shows how IA was shaped during its implementation, so instead of functioning as a bureaucratic procedure to pursue policy coherence, it simply buttressed the power of dominant groups. Advocates of policy coherence in general and PCD in particular should therefore be mindful that the toolbox of implementing instruments in the EU may be more limited than sometimes assumed. © 2014 © 2014 Taylor & Francis.

DOI10.1080/07036337.2013.845180
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