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Cathy Berx
Cathy Berx is docent aan de Rechtsfaculteit van de Universiteit Antwerpen voor de vakken recht van gedecentraliseerde besturen (2de Master) en juridische vaardigheden debatklas (1ste Bachelor). Als aspirant bij het Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek behaalde ze een bekroond doctoraat op haar proefschrift over ‘Rechtsbescherming van de Burger tegen de overheid’. Sinds 1 mei 2008 is zij gouverneur van de provincie Antwerpen. Zij is voorzitter van het Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde (ITG) en zetelt in de raden van bestuur van onder meer HETPALEIS, Stichting Conservatorium, Campus Vesta, de Hoge Raad van de Universiteit Antwerpen. Zij schreef boeken, artikelen en bijdragen over diverse onderwerpen. Voordien was Cathy Berx onder meer vicevoorzitter van het OCMW van Antwerpen (2001-2007), lid van het Vlaams Parlement (2004-2008) en van de Gemeenteraad van Antwerpen (2007-2008).
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Defining ‘Better’

Investigating a New Framework to Understand Quality of Regulation

Journal European Journal of Law Reform, Issue 2 2016
Keywords better regulation, businesses, cross-disciplinary approaches, quality of regulation, European Union
Authors Morten Jarlbæk Pedersen
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    Better regulation is a political and scholarly theme, which has gained in both relevance and salience throughout the last two decades or so. Regulatory quality is the epicentre of these discussions. Despite this, quality is seldom conceptualized in its own right. Thus, beyond loose principles, we are rarely aware of what we mean by ‘better’ regulation, and academic discussions hereof usually centre themselves on other topics such as meta-regulation and processes. This leaves the notion of quality hard to asses especially from a comparative perspective. In this article, a core concept of quality is suggested. This concept is founded on an acknowledgement of the importance of the legal texts when it comes to achieving regulatory aims and objectives. The concept and methodology proposed has components from both law and political science and is sought to be of relevance to scholars and practitioners alike.


Morten Jarlbæk Pedersen
Morten Jarlbæk Pedersen is a Ph.D. fellow at the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. He has an affiliation with the Confederation of Danish Enterprise, where he has been employed for 5 years before engaging in this research project. For the purpose of the project, he was relieved of responsibilities as a consultant at the Confederation.

Menelaos Markakis
DPhil Candidate in Law, University of Oxford, Researcher, Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

    In this paper we investigate the effect of political sophistication on turnout and whether this effect differs in second-order national elections. Political sophistication is thought to influence turnout because the more sophisticated voters have access to more information about the electoral and the party system. In this paper, we start from the expectation that these effects should be even stronger in the context of secondorder national elections, where information about the stakes of the election is not readily available. We analyse citizens’ willingness to turn out to vote at different levels of government in Belgium and the Netherlands. The results show that a higher degree of political sophistication increases the probability to turn out at the national as well as the European level. Our expectation that this effect would be larger at the European level, however, is not supported by these results.


Dieter Stiers
Dieter Stiers werkt als doctoraatsstudent aan het Centre for Citizenship and Democracy van de KU Leuven. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op verkiezingsgedrag en in het bijzonder op de oorzaken en gevolgen van electorale volatiliteit.
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Access_open Introduction: The Incorporation Problem in Interdisciplinary Legal Research

Part 1: Theoretical Discussions

Journal Erasmus Law Review, Issue 2 2015
Authors Sanne Taekema and Wibren van der Burg
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Sanne Taekema
Sanne Taekema is Professor of Jurisprudence at the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam.

Wibren van der Burg
Wibren van der Burg is Professor of Legal Philosophy and Jurisprudence at the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam.
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Access_open The Economics and Empirics of Tax Competition: A Survey and Lessons for the EU

Journal Erasmus Law Review, Issue 1 2014
Keywords tax competition, tax coordination, European Union, fiscal federalism
Authors Thushyanthan Baskaran Ph.D. and Mariana Lopes da Fonseca
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    We survey the theoretical and empirical literature on local and international tax competition in Economics. On the basis of this survey, we discuss whether EU countries should harmonise tax policies to prevent a race to the bottom. Much of the evidence suggests that tax competition does not lead to significant reductions in tax revenues. Therefore, we conclude that tax coordination is in all likelihood unnecessary to prevent inefficiently low levels of taxation in the EU. But since the evidence against the adverse effects of tax competition is not unambiguous, we also discuss whether intergovernmental transfers might be a less invasive means than outright tax harmonisation to prevent a race to the bottom.


Thushyanthan Baskaran Ph.D.
University of Goettingen, Germany.

Mariana Lopes da Fonseca
University of Goettingen, Germany.

Saskia Bonjour
Saskia Bonjour is onderzoeker aan het Instituut voor Geschiedenis van de Universiteit Leiden. Haar onderzoek richt zich op migratiebeleid in Nederland en Europa, met bijzondere aandacht voor gezinsmigratiebeleid, inburgeringsbeleid, europeanisering, en gender.

Maarten Vink
Maarten Vink is universitair hoofddocent Politieke Wetenschap aan de Universiteit Maastricht, waar hij het Maastricht Center for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE) coördineert. Hij is tevens deeltijd hoogleraar aan het Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies van het European University Institute, waar hij het European Union Democracy Observatory on Citizenship (EUDO CITIZENSHIP) coördineert. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op politiek sociologische vraagstukken rond immigratie en burgerschap in vergelijkend perspectief.
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Access_open At the Crossroads of National and European Union Law. Experiences of National Judges in a Multi-level Legal Order

Journal Erasmus Law Review, Issue 3/4 2013
Keywords national judges, legal pluralism, application of EU law, legal consciousness, supremacy and direct effect of EU law
Authors Urszula Jaremba Ph.D.
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    The notion and theory of legal pluralism have been witnessing an increasing interest on part of scholars. The theory that originates from the legal anthropological studies and is one of the major topical streams in the realm of socio-legal studies slowly but steady started to become a point of departure for other disciplines. Unavoidably it has also gained attention from the scholars in the realm of the law of the European Union. It is the aim of the present article to illustrate the legal reality in which the law of the Union and the national laws coexist and intertwine with each other and, subsequently, to provide some insight on the manner national judges personally construct their own understanding of this complex legal architecture and the problems they come across in that respect. In that sense, the present article not only illustrates the new, pluralistic legal environment that came into being with the founding of the Communities, later the European Union, but also adds another dimension to this by presenting selected, empirical data on how national judges in several Member States of the EU individually perceive, adapt to, experience and make sense of this reality of overlapping and intertwining legal orders. Thus, the principal aim of this article is to illustrate how the pluralistic legal system works in the mind of a national judge and to capture the more day-to-day legal reality by showing how the law works on the ground through the lived experiences of national judges.


Urszula Jaremba Ph.D.
Urszula Jaremba, PhD, assistant professor at the Department of European Union Law, School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam. I am grateful to the editors of this Special Issue: Prof. Dr. Sanne Taekema and Dr. Wibo van Rossum as well as to the two anonymous reviewers for their useful comments. I am also indebted to Dr. Tobias Nowak for giving me his consent to use the data concerning the Dutch and German judges in this article. This article is mostly based on a doctoral research project that resulted in a doctoral manuscript titled ‘Polish Civil Judges as European Union Law Judges: Knowledge, Experiences and Attitudes’, defended on the 5th of October 2012.

Dieter Kerwer
Dieter Kerwer is als medewerker gespecialiseerd in internationale politiek en betrekkingen verbonden aan de Universiteit Antwerpen, Departement Politieke Wetenschappen. Zijn onderzoekinteresse gaat in het bijzonder uit naar internationale en Europese governance en internationale politieke economie.
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Access_open De Drittwirkung van grondrechten

Retorisch curiosum of vaandel van een paradigmatische omwenteling in ons rechtsbestel?

Journal Netherlands Journal of Legal Philosophy, Issue 1 2012
Keywords Drittwirkung, horizontal effect of human rights, constitutionalisation of private law
Authors Stefan Somers
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    This article discusses whether the horizontal effect of human rights marks a new paradigm in legal systems or is merely a new style in legal rhetoric. In doing so, much attention is paid to the differences between direct and indirect horizontal effect. Departing from social contract theory the article explains that the protection of human right values in horizontal relations is an essential feature of modern constitutionalism. It also analyses whether these values in horizontal relations should be protected by private law or by human rights. This question is looked at from a substantial, a methodological and an institutional perspective. In the end, because of institutional power balancing, the article argues in favor of an indirect horizontal effect of human rights.


Stefan Somers
Stefan Somers is a researcher at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at the VUB (Free University of Brussels) and prepares a PhD on the relationship between human rights and tort law.
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Subsidiariteit in de EU en verder

Journal Res Publica, Issue 1 2012
Keywords European Union, subsidiarity, multilevel governance, complexity, power
Authors Ferdi De Ville and Jan Loisen
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    This introductory article sketches the problématique of this special issue on ‘Subsidiarity in the European Union and beyond’. It starts with a short historical overview of the origins, meanings and implementation of the subsidiarity principle within the EU. Subsequently, it problematizes the concept and application of subsidiarity in a multilevel governance context by examining two fundamental characteristics of this essentially contested concept that render it fascinating to study: its complexity and power-relevance. The relatively new concept of global subsidiarity is briefly discussed to situate the intra-EU discussion in a wider context. This introduction ends by discussing some of the findings of the special issue’s two substantial articles – that both deal with policy topics in which different competence regimes meet – in light of the subsidiarity problématique.


Ferdi De Ville
Ferdi De Ville is als doctor-assistent verbonden aan het Centrum voor EU-Studies, Vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen, Universiteit Gent. Hij doceert over en doet onderzoek naar Europese economische en monetaire integratie en Europees handelsbeleid.

Jan Loisen
Jan Loisen is als senior onderzoeker verbonden aan IBBT-SMIT, een onderzoekscentrum van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel, en als docent aan de vakgroep communicatiewetenschappen van dezelfde universiteit. Zijn onderzoek richt zich op de vormgeving van media- en cultuurbeleid in internationale instellingen en de Europese Unie en op vraagstukken over handels- en mediabeleid in het bijzonder.
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De impact van multi-level governance op de democratische input in het EU-handelsbeleid onder het Verdrag van Lissabon

Journal Res Publica, Issue 1 2012
Keywords multi-level governance, subsidiarity, EU trade policy, legitimacy, participation
Authors Fabienne Bossuyt
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    This article examines the impact of multi-level governance (MLG) on the democratic input into European Union (EU) trade policy under the Lisbon Treaty. Focusing on two recently concluded EU trade agreements, i.e. the multi-party agreement with Colombia and Peru and the association agreement with Central America, the article traces several dangers and risks that MLG entails for democratic accountability and participation, which are closely tied to the strong output-oriented nature of MLG and its emphasis on technical effi ciency. These dangers of MLG – the article argues – are not accidental, but are fi rmly rooted within an underlying hegemonic social-economic trend, characterised by an intentional (neo-liberal dominated) attempt to de-politise, and even de-democratise, European political policy-making.


Fabienne Bossuyt
Fabienne Bossuyt is doctor-assistent aan het Departement Politieke Wetenschappen van de Universiteit Gent. Haar onderzoek richt zich op het extern beleid van de Europese Unie, waaronder de sociale dimensie van het EU-handelsbeleid.

Hugo Durieux
Hugo Durieux is filosoof en jurist en was directeur van het Steunpunt Buitenlands Beleid 2007-2011.
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Besturen zonder regering?

Journal Res Publica, Issue 4 2011
Authors Marc Hooghe, Koen Schoors and Derk-Jan Eppink
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Marc Hooghe
Marc Hooghe is gewoon hoogleraar Politieke Wetenschappen aan de KU Leuven en Visiting Professor aan de Universiteiten van Lille-II en Mannheim. Hij publiceert vooral over politieke participatie en politiek vertrouwen.

Koen Schoors
Koen Schoors is hoogleraar Economie aan de Universiteit Gent en directeur van het Centre for Russian International Socio-Political and Economic Studies (Cerise).

Derk-Jan Eppink
Derk-Jan Eppink is lid van het Europees Parlement namens de Lijst Dedecker en van de fractie van de Europese Conservatieven en Hervormers (ECR) en auteur van De toren van Babel staat in Brussel: pleidooi voor een verenigd Europa van de Staten (Lannoo, 2010).

Giuseppe Martinico
PhD, Sant'Anna School of Advanced studies, Pisa.

Oreste Pollicino
Associate Professor in Comparative Public Law, Bocconi University, Milan.

Luk Van Langenhove

Daniele Marchesi
Luk Van Langenhove, United Nations University - UNU-CRIS Bruges; Daniele Marchesi, European Commission (at the time of writing, United Nations University - UNU-CRIS Bruges). This article was presented at the international conference “The Lisbon Reform Treaty (and its rejection?): Internal and External Implications”, organized by the Hebrew University, IASEI and CAES in Jerusalem, on 12-14 July 2008.

Anna-Lena Högenauer
B.A. King's College London, 2005; M.A. College of Europe, 2006; Ph.D. candidate at the University of Edinburgh. This paper was first presented at the international conference “The Lisbon Reform Treaty: Internal and External Implications” organized by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations and the Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration in Jerusalem on 13 and 14 July 2008. The author thanks Prof. Charlie Jeffery for his encouragement.

    Representations of sub-national entities challenge since the mid-1980s the monopoly of the central states on EU representation. Through an analysis of their activities, this article verifies whether their presence may be interpreted as an expression of the hollowing out of the state. The research revealed that these representations have developed a national and an international strategy to fulfil their mission. The international strategy resembles that of interest groups in the European policy space, and it follows the neo-functionalist logic of other European interest groups. The national strategy is more policy-oriented. To influence the decision-making process, representations form networks between themselves and with their permanent representation. Rather than hollowing out the state, the activities of these representations reveal a growing interdependence between the central state and regional authorities resulting from European integration.


Michel Huysseune
Vorser aan de Vakgroep Politieke wetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Theo Jans
Vorser aan de Vakgroep Politieke wetenschappen van de Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
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