The relationship between Europeanisation and policy styles: a study of agricultural and public health policymaking in three EU Member States
The role of policy styles in policymaking has attracted renewed scholarly interestin recent years. One of the central debates in this literature revolves around thequestion of how to reconcile archetype national policy styles with considerabledifferences in modus operandi across policy sectors. A sector-specific featurethat is considered a key determinant of the manifestation of archetypenational policy styles in the European Union is the degree of Europeanisationof policy sectors. This paper picks up this suggestion by addressing thequestion of whether and how Europeanisation affects the degree to whichfeatures of an archetype national policy style are manifest within a sector. Weaddress this question by exploring sectoral policy styles in agricultural andfood-related public health policymaking across three EU Member States: TheNetherlands, the United Kingdom (England), and France. Our findings suggestthat the degree of Europeanisation of a policy sector does prove an importantcondition that helps to understand the relationship between national andsectoral policy styles. More specifically, Europeanisation has the strongesteffect when sectors face a higher adaptation pressure, i.e., when there is alarger misfit between sectoral regimes and EU-induced institutional demands.We suggest various promising avenues of future research on this relationship.