1st Edition

Governance and Democracy Comparing National, European and International Experiences

Edited By Arthur Benz, Ioannis Papadopoulos Copyright 2006
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    For the first time, this new collection brings together country specialists, researchers on the European Union, and leading international relations scholars to tackle a crucial question: how compatible are today’s new patterns of ‘policy networks’ and ‘multi-level’ governance with democratic standards?

    This important question is attracting attention both in political science and in political practices. In political science, the question is mainly dealt with in separated sub-disciplines, which focus on different levels of politics. So far, no serious exchange has actually taken place between authors working on these different levels. The editors of this book – both specialists of network and multi-level governance – show that although the issue is raised differently in the institutional settings of the national state, the European Union, or transnational governance, excellent insights can be gained by comparison across these settings.

    This major new contribution includes cutting edge work from junior scholars alongside chapters by leading specialists of governance such as Guy Peters, Jon Pierre, Philippe C. Schmitter and Thomas Risse. It also contains a collection of new case studies, theoretical conceptualisations and normative proposals for solutions dealing with the issue of democratic deficits, which all give the reader a better understanding of the most crucial problems and perspectives of democracy in different patterns of "governance" beyond conventional ‘government’ approaches.

    This is a valuable book for policy analysts, students of the European Union and international relations, and all students in social and political science.

    List of Contributors

    Preface of the editors


    Chapter 1 (Arthur Benz and Yannis Papadopoulos)

    Governance and Democracy: Concepts and Key Issues

    Part I: Governance in the Nation State

    Chapter 2 (B. Guy Peters and Jon Pierre)

    Governance, Accountability and Democratic Legitimacy

    Chapter 3 (Katrin Auel)

    Multilevel Governance, Regional Policy and Democratic Legitimacy in Germany

    Chapter 4 (Anne-France Taiclet)

    Governance, Expertise and Competitive Politics. The Case of Territorial Development Policies in France

    Chapter 5 (Herman van Gunsteren)

    Resilience through Governance with Democracy

    Chapter 6 (Arthur Benz)

    Policy-Making and Accountability in EU Multilevel Governance

    Chapter 7 (Stijn Smismans)

    The Legitimacy of Functional Participation in European Risk Regulation: A Case Study of Occupational Health and Safety

    Chapter 8 (Christine Neuhold)

    European Governance by Committees. The Implications of Comitology on the Democratic Arena

    Chapter 9 (Philippe C. Schmitter)

    Governance in the European Union: A Viable Mechanism for Future Legitimation?

    Part III: Governance at the Transnational Level

    Chapter 10 (Thomas Risse)

    Transnational Governance and Legitimacy

    Chapter 11 (Klaus Dieter Wolf)

    Private Actors and the Legitimacy of Governance Beyond the State. Conceptional Outlines and Empirical Explorations

    Chapter 12 (Tanja Brühl)

    The Privatization of Governance Systems: On the Legitimacy of International Environmental Policy

    Chapter 13 (Rob Jenkins)

    Accountability and the WTO Dispute-Settlement System


    Chapter 14 (Arthur Benz and Yannis Papadopoulos)

    Actors, Institutions and Democratic Governance: Comparing Across Levels


    Arthur Benz, Ioannis Papadopoulos