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Policy evaluation in the EU: The challenges of linking ex ante and ex post appraisal.

Smismans, Stijn ORCID: 2015. Policy evaluation in the EU: The challenges of linking ex ante and ex post appraisal. European Journal of Risk Regulation 6 (1) , pp. 6-26. 10.1017/S1867299X00004244

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The EU’s new approach to policy evaluation is characterised by a focus on closing the policy cycle (linking ex ante and ex post appraisal) and by applying evaluation to all types of policy intervention, whether expenditure or regulatory policy. This article analyses the main features and challenges of this new approach. It first studies the conceptual and interdisciplinary challenge of such an encompassing approach to evaluation. It then assesses the new approach in the light of four key objectives of ex ante and ex post appraisal; ensuring evidence and learning; accountability, transparency and participation; policy coherence; and reducing the regulatory burden.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff Law & Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1867-299X
Funders: European Research Council
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 25 May 2016
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 08:53

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