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Who Does What? On the Distribution of Competences among the European Union and the Member States
Varieties of European Economic Law and Regulation (2014)
  • Jan M Smits, Maastricht University
Abstract
The distribution of competences among the European Union and the member states ranks high on the political agenda. While the British government is working on a review of the balance of competences between the EU and the UK, the Dutch government recently published a so-called ‘subsidiarity exercise’, aimed at establishing which competences belong at which level of government. This aim of this paper is to investigate how viable criteria can be found for the optimal distribution of competences among the EU and the member states (the ‘who does what’-question). It considers (the fallacies of) the existing literature and then continues to propose a framework for the optimal assignment of competences that would allow to apply a uniform set of parameters to different policy fields.
Keywords
  • European Union,
  • Competences,
  • Subsidiarity,
  • Economics of federalism,
  • Decentralisation
Publication Date
2014
Editor
Kai Purnhagen & P
Publisher
S
Citation Information
Jan M Smits. "Who Does What? On the Distribution of Competences among the European Union and the Member States" HVarieties of European Economic Law and Regulation (2014) p. 343 - 357
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jan_smits/70/