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Policy Monitoring in the EU: The Impact of Institutions, Implementation, and Quality

Schoenefeld, Jonas J. and Schulze, Kai and Hildén, Mikael and Jordan, Andrew J. (2019):
Policy Monitoring in the EU: The Impact of Institutions, Implementation, and Quality.
In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 60, (4), ISSN 0032-3470, DOI: 10.1007/s11615-019-00209-2,
[Online-Edition: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11615-019-00209...],
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Abstract

Policy monitoring is often seen as a crucial ingredient of policy evaluation, but theoretically informed empirical analyses of real-world policy monitoring practices are still rare. This paper addresses this gap by focusing on climate policy monitoring in the European Union, which has a relatively stringent system of greenhouse gas monitoring but a much less demanding approach to monitoring policies. It explores how institutional settings, policy implementation, and the quality of information may impact the practices and politics of policy monitoring. Drawing on quantitative regression models and qualitative interviews, it demonstrates that policy monitoring has evolved over time and is itself subject to implementation pressures, but also exhibits learning effects that improve its quality. In further developing both everyday policy monitoring practices and academic understanding of them, there is a need to pay attention to their design—specifically, the impact of any overarching rules, the institutional support for implementation, and the criteria governing the quality of the information they deliver. In short, policy monitoring should be treated as a governance activity in its own right, raising many different design challenges.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2019
Creators: Schoenefeld, Jonas J. and Schulze, Kai and Hildén, Mikael and Jordan, Andrew J.
Title: Policy Monitoring in the EU: The Impact of Institutions, Implementation, and Quality
Language: English
Abstract:

Policy monitoring is often seen as a crucial ingredient of policy evaluation, but theoretically informed empirical analyses of real-world policy monitoring practices are still rare. This paper addresses this gap by focusing on climate policy monitoring in the European Union, which has a relatively stringent system of greenhouse gas monitoring but a much less demanding approach to monitoring policies. It explores how institutional settings, policy implementation, and the quality of information may impact the practices and politics of policy monitoring. Drawing on quantitative regression models and qualitative interviews, it demonstrates that policy monitoring has evolved over time and is itself subject to implementation pressures, but also exhibits learning effects that improve its quality. In further developing both everyday policy monitoring practices and academic understanding of them, there is a need to pay attention to their design—specifically, the impact of any overarching rules, the institutional support for implementation, and the criteria governing the quality of the information they deliver. In short, policy monitoring should be treated as a governance activity in its own right, raising many different design challenges.

Journal or Publication Title: Politische Vierteljahresschrift
Number: 4
Uncontrolled Keywords: Policy evaluation, Policy implementation, Climate change, Monitoring mechanism, European Union
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science
Profile Areas
Profile Areas > Energy Center
02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Political Science
02 Department of History and Social Science > Institute of Political Science > Models of Housing and Energy Policy
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2019 09:46
DOI: 10.1007/s11615-019-00209-2
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11615-019-00209...
Alternative keywords:
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Policy-Evaluation, Policy-Implementation, Klimawandel, Monitoring Mechanism, Europäische UnionGerman
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Obwohl Policy-Monitoring oft als ein wichtiger Beitrag zur Policy-Evaluation verstanden wird, sind theoretisch fundierte empirische Analysen bestehender Policy-Monitoringpraktiken noch immer eine Seltenheit. Dieser Beitrag widmet sich dieser Forschungslücke und betrachtet dazu das weniger anspruchsvolle und noch relativ junge Monitoring von Klimapolitiken in der Europäischen Union, welches neben einem viel stringenteren System für die Überwachung der nationalen Treibhausgasemissionen existiert. Die vorliegende Analyse beleuchtet insbesondere, welchen Einfluss Institutionen, Implementation und Informationsqualität auf die Praxis und die Politik des Policy-Monitorings haben. Quantitative Regressionsanalysen und qualitative Interviews zeigen, dass sich das Monitoring von Klimapolitik im Laufe der Zeit institutionell verändert hat, selbst unter Implementationsdruck steht, aber auch, dass Lerneffekte die Qualität des Policy-Monitorings verbessern. Zur Weiterentwicklung von Policy-Monitoringpraktiken und ihrer wissenschaftlichen Erforschung sollte daher ein besonderes Augenmerk auf das Design von Policy-Monitoringsystemen gelegt werden. Dazu gehören umfassende Regeln, institutionelle Unterstützung der Implementation und Kriterien der Informationsqualität. Kurz gesagt, sollte Monitoring als eine eigenständige Governance-Aktivität verstanden werden, die viele Herausforderungen an das Policy-Design stellt.German
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