Governing Europe’s recovery and resilience facility : between discipline and discretion
Government and opposition, 2023, OnlineFirst
BOKHORST, David Jonas, CORTI, Francesco, Governing Europe’s recovery and resilience facility : between discipline and discretion, Government and opposition, 2023, OnlineFirst - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/76015
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The EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) represents a bold integrationist step in European economic governance. Besides the size of the fiscal envelope, the novelty also lies in the new governance. Member states prepare integrated investment and reform plans and need to fulfil milestones and targets to access funding. This article assesses the balance of power in negotiating the plans and the effect on domestic policymaking. Based on five case studies, we show that the RRF has enhanced the steering capacity of the European Commission on reforms and investments, while member states remain ultimately in charge of the plans. Second, we argue that, while the RRF enhances the efficiency of the policymaking process and allows the fast-forwarding of reforms, it has also led to a contractualization of the relationship with the EU and a centralization of decisionmaking processes within member states. This latter aspect may hamper ownership and legitimacy in policy implementation.
Published online: 14 June 2023
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/76015
Full-text via DOI: 10.1017/gov.2023.14
ISSN: 0017-257X; 1477-7053
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Sponsorship and Funder information:
David Bokhorst's research is supported by the European Research Council (ERC) grant entitled "Wellbeing returns on social investment recalibration" (WellSIre), grant agreement no. 882276.
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