Explaining policy change in the EU: financial reform after the crisis

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The European Union (EU) has been hit by financial and economic crises since 2008. To shed light upon the impact of these crises this article reviews punctuated equilibrium theory (PET) to develop expectations that are tested against two cases of financial regulation and privatisation policy. In one, despite the demand for a new model from EU leaders, limited change occurred; in the other, despite legal limitations, significant change emerged. Analysis of the cases reveals a new form of policy venue, and the suggestion that the EU PET literature must consider more systematically and explicitly the role of veto players in shaping policy change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of European Public Policy
Early online date27 Mar 2017
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Mar 2017

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