EU Budgetary Dynamics: Incremental or Punctuated Equilibrium?

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    Abstract

    In this article I study the long-term evolution of the main categories of expenditure of the European Union (EU) budget (1984-2011). The aim is to assess the extent to which the EU is affected by a structural form of policy inertia, and to investigate the general pattern of policy stability and change in the EU in light of the two models of policy dynamics currently existing in the literature: the incrementalist model and the punctuated equilibrium model. The analysis of long series of original data extracted from the EU budget shows that EU policies do not evolve following an incrementalist pattern, but by a punctuated equilibrium dynamic.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of European Public Policy
    Volume20
    Issue number8
    Pages (from-to)1157-1173
    ISSN1350-1763
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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