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 LegitimacyChapter 3 (Katrin Auel)
Multilevel Governance, Regional Policy and Democratic Legitimacy in GermanyChapter 4 (Anne-France Taiclet)
Governance, Expertise and Competitive Politics. The Case of Territorial Development Policies in FranceChapter 5 (Herman van Gunsteren)
Resilience through Governance with DemocracyChapter 6 (Arthur Benz)
Policy-Making and Accountability in EU Multilevel GovernanceChapter 7 (Stijn Smismans)
The Legitimacy of Functional Participation in European Risk Regulation: A Case Study of Occupational Health and SafetyChapter 8 (Christine Neuhold)
European Governance by Committees. The Implications of Comitology on the Democratic ArenaChapter 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 ExplorationsChapter 12 (Tanja Brühl)
The Privatization of Governance Systems: On the Legitimacy of International Environmental PolicyChapter 13 (Rob Jenkins)
Accountability and the WTO Dispute-Settlement SystemConclusion
Chapter 14 (Arthur Benz and Yannis Papadopoulos)
Actors, Institutions and Democratic Governance: Comparing Across Levels