272 pages | 4 B/W Illus.
This book examines the theory and praxis of the legal concept of subsidiarity and the policy paradigm of multilevel governance, providing an updated overview on how subnational and national authorities engage within the EU institutional framework.
Providing a theoretical assessment of real life case studies, the book reflects on a number of key events from the negotiations of the European Convention to the process that led to the ‘Brexit’ referendum and assesses the key agendas and institutional ethos of most actors involved in EU policy-making. It particularly focuses on the EU engagement of so-called non-privileged actors such as subnational authorities from the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands and Scandinavia, as well as national and regional parliaments. The author goes on to examine the sometimes selfish behaviour and individual agendas of the European Commission, European Parliament, Member States and even that of the European Court of Justice, but also identifies many constructive ways of interaction that can decisively frame how EU decisions are made.
This comprehensive book will be a useful reference to students, practitioners, and academic researchers working in European politics, policymaking, public policy and EU law and integration.
Introduction: Subsidiarity and EU Multilevel Governance: Actors, Networks and Agendas
1. Subsidiarity and Multilevel Governance: An Overview
2. Context Matters: The Participation of Local and Regional Authorities in EU Decision Making
3. The Committee of the Regions, 20 years On
4. The Praxis of Multilevel Governance in the European Union: Two Paradigmatic Case Studies and One Conflict
5. Europe 2020, "Better Regulation" and Multilevel Governance
6. Multilevel Governance in EU Cohesion Policy
7. The New EU Urban Agenda: Policy Entrepreneurialism for Multilevel EU Metagovernance
8. The Role of National and Subnational Parliaments
9. Coda: Multilevel Governance and Subsidiarity among Courts: The limits of Constitutional Dialogue
10. What Might Still Be: National and EU Proposals on Subsidiarity and Multilevel Governance in the Age of ‘Brexit’
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:
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.