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Decentring European Governance

1st Edition

Edited by Mark Bevir, Ryan Phillips


212 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Conforming neither to the hierarchical and bureaucratic organization of the European nation-state nor the anarchical structure of international organizations, the European Union (EU) and its predecessors provide an exemplary site for developing a decentred approach to the study of governance.

The book offers an analysis of the formation and transformation of the EU as an example of governance above the nation-state and is framed by the recognition that the construction of the EU has resulted in variegated and decentred forms of governance. The chapters look at distinct aspects of EU governance to bring to light the influence of elite narratives, scientific rationalities, local traditions and meaningful practices in the making and remaking of European governance. As such, each chapter offers a unique contribution to the study of the EU. In doing so, the book challenges dominant narratives of European integration and policymaking that appeal to reified rationalities and social structures, and uncovers the contingency and conflict endemic to European governance.

This text will be of key interest to scholars and students of European Union politics, European politics/studies, governance and, more broadly, to public management, international organizations, anthropology and sociology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Decentring European Governance [Mark Bevir and Ryan Phillips]

2. Calories, Tractors & ‘Technical Agriculture’: Manufacturing Agrarian Cooperation within the OEEC (1947-1954) [William Biebuyck]

3. The EU’s International Cultural Strategy [Caterina Carta]

4. Participatory Processes as Unreliable Narrators: Political Legitimacy and Governance Narratives in the Social OMC Peer Review Process [Dion Curry]

5. Decentring European Higher Education Governance: The Construction of Expertise in the Bologna Process [Dorota Dakowska]

6. The Governance of Expertise Production in the EU Commission’s ‘high level groups’: Tracing Expertisation Tendencies in the Expert Group System [Eva Krick and Åse Gornitzka]

7. A Genealogy of Eurozone Governance [Nicolas Jabko]

8. EU Council Networks and the "Tradition" of Consensus [Jeffrey Lewis]

9. Decentred Governance in the EU’s Security and Development Policies [Ludvig Norman]

10. Decentring European Governance: A Research Agenda [Mark Bevir and Ryan Phillips]

About the Editors

Mark Bevir is a professor in the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Center for British Studies, at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Ryan Phillips is an assistant professor of Political Science at Lycoming College, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies on Government and the European Union

What is actually governed at the scale of the European Union (EU)? Some domains of societies and economies in Europe certainly seem to be, but the government of many others appears instead to take place at global, national or sub-national scales. The principal objective of this book series is to provide a sustained and structured space within which a cumulative set of books on what the EU actually governs would be published. These will depart from much of mainstream ‘EU studies’ to propose instead social science theory driven analyses that better reflect and reveal the transnational character of government in contemporary Europe.

This series of books will share a common focus and a commitment to detailed, theoretically driven but readable empirical studies. Although authors will differ slightly here, this focus postulates in general that:

  1. Far from being a system composed uniquely of ‘national’ and ‘supranational’ bodies, the government of the EU is enacted by all the public and private practitioners who participate in the construction and institutionalization of ‘European public problems’;
  2. This government is inscribed in a strongly fragmented European polity. However, its fragments –be they sectoral or territorial- seldom map neatly onto the frontiers of the member states;
  3. Integrating this government and polity constitutes a permanent challenge not only for the formulation of European public problems and their treatment (eg. for environmental protection), but also for the legitimation of these processes and the actors they involve (eg. Commission representatives).

The series is edited by Professor Andy Smith, Research Professor at the University of Bordeaux. All proposals for the series should be submitted either to the editor or the publishers.

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