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European Legal Method in Denmark and Sweden Using Social Science Theory and Methodology to Describe the Implementation of EU Law
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Department of Law.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2013 (English)In: European Law Journal, ISSN 1351-5993, E-ISSN 1468-0386, Vol. 19, no 3, 364-381 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents data from a study in which national bureaucrats working in the fieldsof taxation and food law in Sweden and Denmark are asked which legal sources and methods ofinterpretation they use when implementing EU law. The purpose is to contribute to the discussion about European legal method by using social science methodology. National agencies and authorities in the fields of taxation and food law face a multilayered' or multiprincipal' reality in which there is room for policy choices. The answers given by the interviewees speak of a plurality of legalsources, a situation where bureaucrats are becoming reluctant lawmakers instructing others on howEU law is to be applied and where bureaucrats find it necessary to found their decisions on what colleagues within the authority or from other Member States have said about how EU law should be applied.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 19, no 3, 364-381 p.
Keyword [en]
EU law, legal method, national authorities, implementation, food policy, tax policy
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Law Political Science
Research subject
European (Integration) Law; Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198536DOI: 10.1111/eulj.12028ISI: 000317672600004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-198536DiVA: diva2:616795
Har byråkraterna blivit lagstiftare? Europeiseringens innebörd för lydnads- och lojalitetsplikter för nationella myndigheter
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P2007-0660:1-E
Available from: 2013-04-18 Created: 2013-04-18 Last updated: 2013-05-23Bibliographically approved

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