The Diffusion of Impact Assessment Practices in Europe

Ioannis Lianos, Mihály Fazekas, Maksim Karliuk, The Diffusion of Impact Assessment Practices in Europe, CLES Research Paper series 2/2014

18 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2014

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Ioannis Lianos

University College London - Faculty of Laws

Mihaly Fazekas

Central European University (CEU); University of Cambridge - Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Science

Maksim Karliuk

UNESCO

Date Written: April 2, 2014

Abstract

The diffusion of the use of various forms of impact assessments (IAs) in different political settings and legal traditions illustrates the great malleability of the tool. This diversity is not only reflected in the adoption of different models of IA across the various jurisdictions examined, but also in the way this practice is effectively implemented. Factors explaining the various types of IA implemented in various European jurisdictions include the patterns of diffusion from one country to another, the interaction of politics with expert knowledge and the prevailing “evidence eco-system” in each jurisdiction. In this study we explore diffusion patterns, not only in terms of the adoption of the tool of IA, but also in terms of the specific types of IA implemented. We do so by introducing a taxonomy developed with the purpose to describe the interaction of politics and expertise in each jurisdiction. The last part of the chapter empirically connects the diffusion process with the type of IA prevalent in a jurisdiction.

Keywords: Impact assessment, Diffusion, Comparative, Governance, Europe, Administration

JEL Classification: E60, E61, H70, H77, K20

Suggested Citation

Lianos, Ioannis and Fazekas, Mihaly and Karliuk, Maksim, The Diffusion of Impact Assessment Practices in Europe (April 2, 2014). Ioannis Lianos, Mihály Fazekas, Maksim Karliuk, The Diffusion of Impact Assessment Practices in Europe, CLES Research Paper series 2/2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2542945

Ioannis Lianos (Contact Author)

University College London - Faculty of Laws ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Mihaly Fazekas

Central European University (CEU) ( email )

Nador utca 9
Budapest, H-1051
Hungary

University of Cambridge - Faculty of Human, Social, and Political Science ( email )

Cambridge, CB3 9DD
United Kingdom

Maksim Karliuk

UNESCO ( email )

7, Place de Fontenoy
Paris 07 SP, 75352
France

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