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International Handbook On Informal Governance

Edited by Thomas Christiansen, Jean Monnet Professor of European Institutional Politics, Department of Political Science, Maastricht University, The Netherlands and Christine Neuhold, Associate Professor of European Governance, Department of Political Science, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Acknowledging that governance relies not only on formal rules and institutions but to a significant degree also on informal practices and arrangements, this unique Handbook examines and analyses a wide variety of theoretical, conceptual and normative perspectives on informal governance.
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  • Politics and Public Policy
  • International Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Regulation and Governance
Acknowledging that governance relies not only on formal rules and institutions but to a significant degree also on informal practices and arrangements, this unique Handbook examines and analyses a wide variety of theoretical, conceptual and normative perspectives on informal governance.

The insights arising from this focus on informal governance are discussed from various disciplinary perspectives, within different policy domains, and in a number of regional and global contexts. This Handbook is an important contribution that will put informal governance firmly on the map of academic scholarship with its review of the range of the different uses and effects of informal arrangements across the globe.

Bringing together multidisciplinary contributions on informal governance arrangements, this Handbook will appeal to postgraduate students in political science and scholars within the field of political science and global governance.
‘This volume provides a welcome overview of the diverse ways in which informal practices and norms shape policy in national states, the European Union, and international relations. The wide range of cases that feature in the volume point to the normative and substantive importance of informality. This volume is a valuable contribution to a fascinating and under-researched topic.’
– Gary Marks, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, US and VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Contributors: A. Bayat, M. Brie, T. Christiansen, T. Conzelmann, B. Crum, L. Dittmer, C. Engelmann, P. Furlong, V. Gel’man, T. Gijswijt, S. Gstöhl, R. Haar, A. Hardacre, M. Harsh, D. Heisenberg, G. Helmke, A. Héritier, O. Holman, J. Hopkin, A. Justaert, S. Keukeleire, H.-J. Lauth, S. Levitsky, A. Narlikar, C. Neuhold, U. Puetter, C. Reh, C.B. Smith, J. Stacey, E. Stölting, M. Vink, J. Weinberg
Contents:

Preface

1. Introduction
Thomas Christiansen and Christine Neuhold

PART I: THEORETICAL AND NORMATIVE PERSPECTIVES ON INFORMAL GOVERNANCE
2. Formal Institutions and Informal Institutional Arrangements
Michael Brie and Erhard Stölting

3. Informal Governance and Democratic Theory
Hans-Joachim Lauth

4. Informal Politics: The Normative Challenge
Christine Reh

5. Informal Institutions and Comparative Politics: A Research Agenda
Gretchen Helmke and Steven Levitsky

PART II: THE PRACTICE OF INFORMAL GOVERNANCE ACROSS THE GLOBE
6. Informal Governance in the United States: Capitol Hill Networks
Roberta Haar

7. Subversive Institutions and Informal Governance in Contemporary Russia
Vladimir Gel’man

8. On Informal Politics in East Asia
Lowell Dittmer

9. Un-civil Society: The Politics of the ‘Informal People’
Asef Bayat

10. Clientelism, Corruption and Political Cartels: Informal Governance in Southern Europe
Jonathan Hopkin

PART III: INFORMAL GOVERNANCE AND INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
11. Informal Governance in International Relations
Thomas Conzelmann

12. Informal Governance at the United Nations
Courtney B. Smith

13. Informal Governance and the G8
Sieglinde Gstöhl

14. Evolving Trade Governance on the Formal–Informal Spectrum: The Case of the World Trade Organization
Amrita Narlikar

15. Non-state Actors and Global Informal Governance: The Case of ICANN
Jonathan Weinberg

16. Business as Usual? Informal EU Governance and Alternative Methods of Policy-making
Otto Holman

PART IV: INFORMAL GOVERNANCE AND EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS
17. Formal and Informal Institutions in the EU’s Legislative Process
Adrienne Héritier

18. The European Parliament as a Driving Force in Informal Institution-building: The Hard Case of the EP’s Relation with the High Representative for the CFSP
Ben Crum

19. Informal Governance and the Decision-making of the Council of Ministers
Dorothee Heisenberg

20. Informal Governance in the EU: The European Commission versus the European Parliament
Jeffrey Stacey

21. Informal Governance and the Rome Treaties
Thomas Gijswijt

PART V: INFORMAL GOVERNANCE WITHIN DIFFERENCE POLICY DOMAINS
22. Informal Governance and Networks in EU Foreign Policy
Arnout Justaert and Stephan Keukeleire

23. Financial Services Regulation and Informal Governance
Alan Hardacre

24. Informal Governance of Emerging Technologies in Africa
Matthew Harsh

25. European Economic and Monetary Policy-making through Informal Governance
Uwe Puetter

26. Informal Governance in Higher Education Reform: The Bologna Process in Europe
Paul Furlong

27. Informal European Asylum Governance in an International Context
Maarten Vink and Claudia Engelmann

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