Jour Fixe with Julia Langbein, 6 December 2010

News from Dec 02, 2010


We are glad to invite you to the Jour Fixe presentation by Dr. Julia Langbein on: "The EU Single Market as a regulatory model beyond the EU? – Explaining cross-sectoral variation in Ukraine". Prof. David Levi-Faur will be discussant.

The Jour Fixe begins at 4.15 pm (16.15 Uhr) and takes place at Ihnestr. 26, Room 202.

Despite comparatively weak democratic institutions, limited regulatory capacities and the lack of EU membership perspective, emerging market economies outside the EU take on governance arrangements of the EU Single Market. Using comparative case analysis of two policy sectors (technical regulation and shareholders’ rights) the paper seeks to explain cross‐sectoral variation in the diffusion of EU governance arrangements to post‐Soviet Ukraine through in‐depth process tracing. The findings of the paper provide important insights for studies on the diffusion of the European model of integration. As regards the conceptualization of EU market governance arrangements, the paper shows that their diffusion is not just about creating another level of hierarchy in the markets and political systems of target countries. Rather, the process of diffusion is about creating local institutions for governance arrangements in which public and private actors must be enabled to coordinate regulatory tasks. This conceptualization of the dependent variable has important implications for the causal mechanisms through which EU market governance arrangements are spread. Contrary to some received wisdoms in the literature, high levels of convergence with EU rules are not the outcome of (economic) rewards alone. Instead, this paper reveals that convergence is best advanced in policy sectors where two mechanisms are at work: a) local firms in the target country must face unambiguous access to the EU market, and b) donors and foreign investors must diversify domestic demand and build capacities for taking on EU governance arrangements among state authorities and firms. Hence, the combined effects of economic rewards and multiplex capacity building can facilitate convergence with EU rules in the absence of accession conditionality.