From environmental policy concepts to practicable tools: knowledge creation and delegation in multilevel systems

Jale Tosun, Fabrizio De Francesco, B. Guy Peters

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

5 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The problem‐solving capacity and problem‐generating potential of multilevel systems entail the need for the delegation of authority. When the problem concerned is about how to put an abstract policy concept into a practicable policy tool, the choice of the respective delegation trajectory depends on the policy models or the policy‐relevant knowledge that the respective political levels can supply. When regarding the European Union (EU) level as the starting point of knowledge creation and delegation trajectories, and concentrating on transaction costs, policy knowledge and models generated at the international level provide the most cost‐effective solution. Only when the international level is not able to provide further policy knowledge and innovation, the EU delegates its definitional authority, first downward to the member states and then sideward to EU agencies. We illustrate the plausibility of our dynamic understanding of multilevel governance by using Environmental Policy Integration as an example.
LanguageEnglish
Pages399-412
Number of pages14
JournalPublic Administration
Volume97
Issue number2
Early online date11 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2019

Fingerprint

multi-level system
environmental policy
multi-level-governance
transaction costs
innovation
costs
Environmental policy
Knowledge creation
Delegation
European Union

Keywords

  • policy tools
  • knowledge creation
  • policy management

Cite this

@article{f91b98a41970498194bafe39cdfdd41f,
title = "From environmental policy concepts to practicable tools: knowledge creation and delegation in multilevel systems",
abstract = "The problem‐solving capacity and problem‐generating potential of multilevel systems entail the need for the delegation of authority. When the problem concerned is about how to put an abstract policy concept into a practicable policy tool, the choice of the respective delegation trajectory depends on the policy models or the policy‐relevant knowledge that the respective political levels can supply. When regarding the European Union (EU) level as the starting point of knowledge creation and delegation trajectories, and concentrating on transaction costs, policy knowledge and models generated at the international level provide the most cost‐effective solution. Only when the international level is not able to provide further policy knowledge and innovation, the EU delegates its definitional authority, first downward to the member states and then sideward to EU agencies. We illustrate the plausibility of our dynamic understanding of multilevel governance by using Environmental Policy Integration as an example.",
keywords = "policy tools, knowledge creation, policy management",
author = "Jale Tosun and {De Francesco}, Fabrizio and Peters, {B. Guy}",
year = "2019",
month = "6",
day = "30",
doi = "10.1111/padm.12544",
language = "English",
volume = "97",
pages = "399--412",
journal = "Public Administration",
issn = "0033-3298",
number = "2",

}

From environmental policy concepts to practicable tools : knowledge creation and delegation in multilevel systems. / Tosun, Jale; De Francesco, Fabrizio; Peters, B. Guy.

In: Public Administration, Vol. 97, No. 2, 30.06.2019, p. 399-412.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - From environmental policy concepts to practicable tools

T2 - Public Administration

AU - Tosun, Jale

AU - De Francesco, Fabrizio

AU - Peters, B. Guy

PY - 2019/6/30

Y1 - 2019/6/30

N2 - The problem‐solving capacity and problem‐generating potential of multilevel systems entail the need for the delegation of authority. When the problem concerned is about how to put an abstract policy concept into a practicable policy tool, the choice of the respective delegation trajectory depends on the policy models or the policy‐relevant knowledge that the respective political levels can supply. When regarding the European Union (EU) level as the starting point of knowledge creation and delegation trajectories, and concentrating on transaction costs, policy knowledge and models generated at the international level provide the most cost‐effective solution. Only when the international level is not able to provide further policy knowledge and innovation, the EU delegates its definitional authority, first downward to the member states and then sideward to EU agencies. We illustrate the plausibility of our dynamic understanding of multilevel governance by using Environmental Policy Integration as an example.

AB - The problem‐solving capacity and problem‐generating potential of multilevel systems entail the need for the delegation of authority. When the problem concerned is about how to put an abstract policy concept into a practicable policy tool, the choice of the respective delegation trajectory depends on the policy models or the policy‐relevant knowledge that the respective political levels can supply. When regarding the European Union (EU) level as the starting point of knowledge creation and delegation trajectories, and concentrating on transaction costs, policy knowledge and models generated at the international level provide the most cost‐effective solution. Only when the international level is not able to provide further policy knowledge and innovation, the EU delegates its definitional authority, first downward to the member states and then sideward to EU agencies. We illustrate the plausibility of our dynamic understanding of multilevel governance by using Environmental Policy Integration as an example.

KW - policy tools

KW - knowledge creation

KW - policy management

U2 - 10.1111/padm.12544

DO - 10.1111/padm.12544

M3 - Article

VL - 97

SP - 399

EP - 412

JO - Public Administration

JF - Public Administration

SN - 0033-3298

IS - 2

ER -