Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/70936
Authors: 
Hefeker, Carsten
Neugart, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper: Public Choice 4143
Abstract: 
The implementation of European Union directives into national law is at the discretion of member states. We analyze incentives for member states to deviate from these directives when the European Commission may sue a defecting member state and rulings at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) are uncertain. We find that higher uncertainty about the preferences of the ECJ increases policy deviation, irrespective of whether a case is taken to court or not. If decisions of member states to deviate are interdependent, the incidence of filed cases decreases while for those policies reaching the ECJ deviations increase.
Subjects: 
European Union law
directives
compliance
European Court of Justice
court behavior
uncertainty
legal process
European Commission
JEL: 
D72
D78
K41
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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