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The Politicization of ex post Policy Evaluation in the EU

Journal European Journal of Law Reform, Issue 1-2 2017
Keywords policy evaluation, Better Regulation, participation, REFIT, politicization
Authors Stijn Smismans
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    The European Commission’s 2015 Better Regulation package has placed ex post evaluation at the centre of European governance. This strengthens a trend of gradual politicization of evaluation in European policymaking. This article analyses how the European Commission’s approach to ex post policy evaluation has changed over the last decade. It shows how evaluation has developed from a rather technical process to a more politicized process, which is clearly linked to political priority setting, subject to centralized control, and involving a wider set of actors. At the same time, the Commission avoids a profound debate on the merits and objectives of the process of evaluation itself. The article concludes on the merits and risks of evaluation at times of rising populism.


Stijn Smismans
Stijn Smismans is a professor of law at the School of Law and Politics and director of the Centre for European Law and Governance at Cardiff University.

Thibaut Renson
Thibaut Renson studeerde politieke wetenschappen in Gent, Aix-en-Provence en Londen. Hij is als assistent verbonden aan de vakgroep Politieke Wetenschappen van de UGent. Zijn onderzoeksinteresses liggen in burgerschap en politieke participatie. Hij werkt aan een doctoraat aan het Centrum voor Lokale Politiek, waarin hij het effect van deliberatieve democratie op sociaal leren in kaart brengt. In maart 2017 verschijnt het boek Wie is nog van de partij? Crisis en toekomst van partijleden in Vlaanderen bij Uitgeverij Acco, waarin hij meeschreef aan de hoofdstukken over participatie en democratie.
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