Multi-Level Governance and European Integration

Author: Liesbet Hooghe

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN: 0585381666

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 2318

European politics has been reshaped in recent decades by a dual process of centralization and decentralization. At the same time that authority in many policy areas has shifted to the supranational level of the European Union, so national governments have given subnational regions within countries more say over the lives of their citizens. At the forefront of scholars who characterize this dual process as 'multi-level governance,' Liesbet Hooghe and Gary Marks argue that its emergence in the second half of the twentieth century is a watershed in the political development of Europe. Hooghe and Marks explain why multi-level governance has taken place and how it shapes conflict in national and European political arenas.

Cohesion Policy and European Integration

Building Multi-level Governance

Author: Liesbet Hooghe

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780198280644

Category: Political Science

Page: 458

View: 7210

How can one convince potent nation-states to put their sovereignty at risk in common European policies? EU cohesion policy, now one-third of the EU budget, provides such a puzzle. Until 1988 the European Commission shared out money to national governments with few strings attached. Since the reform of 1988, national governments are required to negotiate with the Commission and regional authorities on how to use the money. Has this European-wide policy eroded national sovereignty in favour of a stronger role for the Commission and more power for Europe's regions? The first part of the book probes into the policy dynamics at the European level. In the second part, eight country studies evaluate the impact of uniform EU policy on territorial relations by comparing policy making before and after the reform. The concluding section explains persistent variation in EU cohesion decision making and implementation.

Governance in the European Union

Author: Gary Marks,Fritz W Scharpf,Philippe C Schmitter,Wolfgang Streeck

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1849207046

Category: Political Science

Page: 192

View: 9081

A fresh alternative to traditional state-centred analyses of the process of European integration is presented in this book. World-renowned scholars analyze the state in terms of its component parts and clearly show the interaction of subnational, national and supranational actors in the emerging European polity. This `multi-level politics' approach offers a powerful lens through which to view the future course of European integration. The contributors' empirical exploration of areas such as regional governance, social policy and social movements underpins their broad conceptual and theoretical framework providing significant new insight into European politics.

Europeanization and Multilevel Governance

Cohesion Policy in the European Union and Britain

Author: Ian Bache

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742541337

Category: Political Science

Page: 193

View: 2803

THE NOT MURDER MURDERSBack in 2000 a man and a woman -wealthy, healthy, happily married, many plans for the future, anticipating the birth of their first grandchild- commit suicide.A decade later their daughter wants Joe Torio to find out why.Then on Halloween night the smartest most brilliant cadet Soldier Heights Military Academy ever saw apparently blew off his very hot date and, all alone in his barracks room, filled himself with cocaine then strangled himself with his own officer's sash and died.The current owner of the school, Julia Powers, wants Joe Torio to find out why.Having had his badge taken from him, Joe sees what he can do as a high school English teacher.ROPE is book one of ROPE PAPER SCISSORS. the third mystery in the Joe Torio Series by award winning author Barry B. Longyear.

Politics of European Union Regional Policy

Multi-Level Governance Or Flexible Gatekeeping?

Author: Ian Bache

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781850758631

Category: Political Science

Page: 172

View: 2343

This book provides an over-view of the key developments in the politics of European Union regional policy from the creation of the EEC to the present day. The discussion of 'who decides what and to what effect' in relation to regional policy is part of the contemporary academic debate about the nature of politics and policy-making in the EU. Bache argues that no single theory can explain the complex politics of EU regional policy-making. In particular, current theories pay insufficient attention to the importance of implementation in shaping policy outcomes. The book concludes that the application of different analytical tools at different stages of policy-making provides the fullest picture of the politics of EU regional policy. This title is published in conjunction with UACES, the University Association for Contemporary European Studies. UACES web site can be found at

European Integration and Industrial Relations

Multi-Level Governance in the Making

Author: P. Marginson,K. Sisson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230504108

Category: Political Science

Page: 360

View: 4216

This book comprehensively analyzes the impact of continuing European integration on industrial relations institutions and outcomes. It organizes an immensely rich body of theoretical and empirical material to sustain its core argument that the governance of industrial relations is increasingly multi-level. Cross-national influences are shown to mix with national ones and involve the European sector and company, as well as Community, levels. Competing tendencies towards 'Europeanization', 'Americanization' and 'Re-nationalization' are identified. The approach is multi-disciplinary and truly cross-national. It deals with both the theory and practice of industrial relations in contemporary Europe.

Multi-level Governance in the European Union

Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

Author: Thomas Conzelmann,Randall Smith

Publisher: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft Mbh & Company


Category: Political Science

Page: 269

View: 3061

In recent years, the debate on the future institutional shape of the European Union has centered on the Constitutional Treaty, and the Lisbon Treaty as its less ambitious, but possibly equally abortive, successor. This debate has two distinct features. On the one hand, the nation state still seems to serve as the foremost frame of reference. On the other hand, the debate looks almost exclusively at the EU's formal institutions. The present volume is divided into three parts. The first part offers reflections on the notion of network governance, multi-level governance, and the difficult issue of democratic accountability. The second part looks at the structural funds area, while the third part seeks to widen the debate by looking at a number of cases from environmental policy broadly conceived.ò

European Integration and Political Conflict

Author: Gary Marks,Marco R. Steenbergen

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521535052

Category: History

Page: 280

View: 2801

Over the past half-century, Europe has experienced the most radical reallocation of authority that has ever taken place in peace-time, yet the ideological conflicts that will emerge from this are only now becoming apparent. The editors of this 2004 volume, Gary Marks and Marco Steenbergen, have brought together a formidable group of scholars of European and comparative politics to investigate patterns of conflict that are arising in the European Union. Using diverse sources of data, and examining a range of actors, including citizens, political parties, members of the European Parliament, social movements, and interest groups, the authors of this volume conclude that political contestation concerning European integration is indeed rooted in the basic conflicts that have shaped political life in Western Europe for many years. This comprehensive volume provides an analysis of political conflict in the European Union.

Regional Institutions and Governance in the European Union

Author: José María Magone

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275976170

Category: Law

Page: 239

View: 3326

Highlights some of the problems involved in the integration of regional, national, and supranational levels of governance in the European Union.

Democratic Governance and European Integration

Linking Societal and State Processes of Democracy

Author: Ronald Holzhacker,Erik Albæk

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 9781782543527

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 278

View: 3479

As the power and scope of the European Union moves further, beyond traditional forms of international cooperation between sovereign states, it is important to analyse how these developments are impacting upon national institutions and processes of democratic representation and legitimacy in the member countries. The authors in this book identifyfour core processes of democratic governance present in any democratic political system that link societal and state processes of decision-making: opinion formation, interestintermediation, national executive decision-making and national parliamentary scrutiny. From a normative perspective they discuss what impacts this process of Europeanizationhas on democracy in the evolving system. They conclude that more changes are seen within the state-centric than in the societal-centred processes of democracy, thus thepublic seems to have been 'left behind? in the process of constructing Europe. The empirical research and normative discussion presented in this book are designed to further our knowledge concerning the Europeanization of social and state processes of democracy and to contribute to the continuing dialogue on democracy in the EuropeanUnion. This book will be of great interest to academics and researchers of political science, public policy and international relations, as well as those interested in European studies andcomparative politics.

Global Multi-level Governance

European and East Asian Leadership

Author: César de Prado

Publisher: United Nations University Press

ISBN: 9280811398

Category: Political Science

Page: 275

View: 8226

Since the end of the Cold War, European and East Asian states have developed a series of unique trans-boundary structures and agreements, such as the European Union and ASEAN, and through new bilateral, multilateral and inter-regional relationships both Europe and East Asia are helping to transform other regions and the global community. This publication examines the complex emergence of a multi-level global governance system through innovative developments in info-communications governance; the role of policy advisors, think-tanks and related track-2 processes; and changes in higher education systems.

The European Union and South East Europe

The Dynamics of Europeanization and Multilevel Governance

Author: Andrew Geddes,Charles Lees,Andrew Taylor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136281568

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

View: 7485

This book explores the interaction of the EU in Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, and Macedonia in three key policy sectors – cohesion, border managements and the environment – and assesses the degree to which the European Union’s engagement with the democracies of South East Europe has promoted Europeanization and Multi-Level Governance. Although there is a tendency to view the Balkans as peripheral, this book argues that South East European states are central to what the EU is and aspires to become, and goes to the heart of many of the key issues confronting the EU. It compares changing modes of governance in the three policy areas selected because they are contentious issues in domestic politics and have trans-boundary policy consequences, in which there is significant EU involvement. The book draws on over 100 interviews conducted to explore actor motivation, preferences and perceptions in the face of pressure to adapt from the EU and uses Social Network Analysis. Timely and informative, this book considers broader dilemmas of integration and enlargement at a time when the EU’s effectiveness is under close scrutiny. The European Union and South East Europe will be of interest to students and scholars of European politics, public policy, and European Union governance and integration.

The Oxford Handbook of the European Union

Author: Erik Jones,Anand Menon,Stephen Weatherill

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199546282

Category: Political Science

Page: 893

View: 2264

The Oxford Handbook of the European Union brings together numerous acknowledged specialists in their field to provide a comprehensive and clear assessment of the nature, evolution, workings, and impact of European integration.

Theorien der europäischen Integration

Author: Hans-Jürgen Bieling,Marika Lerch

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3663116425

Category: Political Science

Page: 464

View: 6888

Ziel des Bandes ist es, eine umfassende Einführung und Überblicksdarstellung der theoretischen Ansätze in der europäischen Integrationsforschung zu bieten, mit der Studierende an die Thematik herangeführt werden können. Die unübersichtliche Theorielandschaft wird - didaktischen Prinzipien folgend - so präsentiert, dass die wichtigsten Theoriestränge erkennbar und die Leser und Leserinnen befähigt werden, sich kritisch mit den verschiedenen Perspektiven sowohl in der wissenschaftlichen Arbeit als auch in der politischen Debatte auseinander zu setzen.

Environmental politics in the European Union

Policy-making, implementation and patterns of multi-level governance

Author: Christoph Knill,Duncan Liefferink

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 1847796842

Category: Political Science

Page: 264

View: 7797

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the development, making and implementation of European Union environmental politics and identifies the central areas and instruments of EU environmental policy. It analyses the factors influencing not only the formulation but also the implementation of environmental measures in the complex multi-level setting of the EU. On this basis, it takes a critical look at the EU's effectiveness and problem-solving capacity in the environmental field. Designed as a textbook at undergraduate and graduate level, the book employs a clear and insightful analytical perspective based on the theoretical state-of-the-art of EU policy studies. Thus, it provides an overview of the major theoretical approaches available in the field. At the same time, the discussion is illustrated by a broad range of empirical findings with regard to the formulation and implementation of EU environmental policy. This study is an ideal companion for anyone seeking a concise and accessible introduction into EU environmental politics.

Civil Society and Governance in Europe

From National to International Linkages

Author: William A. Maloney,Jan W. Van Deth

Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing

ISBN: 1848442874

Category: Political Science

Page: 288

View: 5655

The research presented in this book based on new primary data demonstrates that in terms of civil society actors adapting to the European political space the Europeanization process has an uneven development. This innovative book integrates top-down approaches for the study of relationships within the developing EU-multilevel system (i.e., the consequences of Europeanization for civil society at the local level) and bottom-up approaches (i.e., the consequences of civil society for the process of European integration and democracy in the EU). The contributors argue that exploration of these recursive linkages requires a rethinking of the relationships between (local, national, and trans-national) civil society on the one hand, and multi-level governance on the other. In analyzing the opportunities for civil society associations to contribute to European integration and decision-making from various perspectives, the following findings are presented, amongst others: engagement with and confidence in the EU (compared to national institutions) is relatively weak among associational members party elites play a key gatekeeper role in the European space the EU and interest groups have had limited success in stimulating the development of citizen engagement, civil society and social capital in various countries. In the rapidly expanding field of research on democratic decision-making in Europe, this book will be welcomed by academics and scholars alike at postgraduate levels and above. Experts working in the field of European decision-making (such as lawyers and lobbyists) who are looking for conclusions based on high-quality empirical research will also find much in this book to engage them.

Frameworks of the European Union's Policy Process

Competition and Complementarity across the Theoretical Divide

Author: Nikolaos Zahariadis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351566768

Category: Political Science

Page: N.A

View: 543

The book advances the state of the European Union?s policy theory by taking stock of seven promising frameworks of the policy process, systematically comparing their limitations and strengths, and offering a strategy to develop robust research agendas. Frameworks may constitute competing policy explanations depending on assumptions they make about EU institutional and issue complexity. The frameworks include detailed analyses of multi-level governance, advocacy coalitions, punctuated equilibrium, multiple streams, policy learning, normative power Europe, and constructivism. Besides generating a fertile dialogue that transcends the narrow confines of EU policy, contributions highlight the value of intellectual pluralism and the need for clear and rigorous explanations of the policy process. This book was published as a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy.

The Multi-level and Polycentric European Union

Legal and Political Studies

Author: Robert Grzeszczak

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 364390181X

Category: Political Science

Page: 174

View: 6950

This volume offers a broad conceptual spectrum on the political and legal system of the European Union. The heuristic of multi-level governance relates to the multiple actors, the interconnectedness between levels of decision-making, and the interpenetration of institutions and actors. Additionally, legal sciences stress numerous legal centers, which, on the one hand, espouse independent legal orders, while communicating with each other through legislative acts, executive decisions, and court decrees on the other. The fusion of the legal and political aspects of the EU provides an opportunity to view the sui generis system of the EU in a broader perspective, which promises to overcome reductionist approaches, both in legal and political sciences. (Series: Region - Nation - Europe / Region - Nation - Europa -- Vol. 69)