Impact assessment in the European Commission – a system with multiple objectives
Summary, in English
assessments, which has been questioned, there is a call for application of more evidencebased methods. As a result, there might be a window of opportunity for greater use of scientific support in impact assessment work.
However, the EC’s IA systemhas several overlapping and partly contradictory objectives – to produce estimates about possible future impacts is only one of them. The IA system should be understood as a political instrument shaped by its multiple objectives and the political context of permanent negotiations in which it is situated. The arguments put forward emanate from a close reading of EC documents concerning IA procedures and the ambitions they display paired with assessment practices as revealed
in interviews with officials in the main EU institutions, trying to perform IAs and to cope with the political balancing act they are embedded in.
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- Institutionen för kulturgeografi och ekonomisk geografi
Environmental Science and Policy
Artikel i tidskrift
- Human Geography
- Science and policy interface
- Impact assessment
- ISSN: 1462-9011