European Multi-Level Governance

Contrasting Images in National Research

9781847202222 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Beate Kohler-Koch, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim and former Coordinator of the Network of Excellence on ''Efficient and Democratic Governance in a Multi-Level Europe'' (CONNEX) and Fabrice Larat, Director, Centre d’Expertise et de Recherche Administrative (CERA), Ecole Nationale d’Administration, France and former Manager of the Network of Excellence CONNEX
Publication Date: 2009 ISBN: 978 1 84720 222 2 Extent: 256 pp
Governing beyond the nation state in multi-level governance systems is a key concern in Europe, and this book goes beyond the usual approach of merely describing characteristics and features in its in-depth exploration of EU governance.

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Governing beyond the nation state in multi-level governance systems is a key concern in Europe, and this book goes beyond the usual approach of merely describing characteristics and features in its in-depth exploration of EU governance.

The contributors illustrate that multi-level governance is a phenomenon perceived differently all over Europe. They observe distinct variations not only in the real-life impact of EU governance but also in different national research approaches, and showcase systematic empirical analyses of pertinent research projects across Europe. Recent advances in EU governance research form the basis for suggestions on how future research agendas could and should be directed.

This book will prove a fascinating read for academics, researchers and students with an interest in comparative governance, EU studies, and the social sciences.
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‘This very interesting and comprehensive book should be found at the bookshelves of the scholars dealing with governance or European politics, or at least those of their assistants, students, think-tank leaders, and all others who are somehow connected with European governance. The book offers a wide and fairly deep view at governance research in Europe. . . I have not read any other book which gives such a wide multinational overview of this topic in a single publication.’
– Vít Skála, Central European Journal of Public Policy

‘This is by far the most comprehensive account of the research undertaken on EU governance for almost two decades. This volume offers readers a unique review of the governance literature produced across Europe, and an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses. It will prove indispensable to those who want to make sense of the changes under way in EU polity.’
– Renaud Dehousse, Centre for European Studies Sciences Po, Paris, France

‘This volume is a “must read” for anyone interested in understanding the history and evolution of the concept of “governance” as applied to a multi-level European Union. Based on an impressive research project, this study will help scholars both in and outside of Europe understand why the study of EU governance – as well as its perceived importance – varies so widely across national boundaries. It is eye-opening.’
– Alberta Sbragia, European Union Center of Excellence / European Studies Center

‘This ambitious stock-taking of research on EU governance provides rich insights into the different profiles of research across Europe. It identifies the variety of different national epistemic traditions and how these are evolving in response to the opportunities for scholars from across Europe to work with and to read each other.’
– Helen Wallace FBA, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Contributors: S. Bulmer, S. Eckert, S. Edler-Wollstein, G. Falkner, N. Groenendijk, K. Iszkowski, B. Kohler-Koch, F. Larat, J. Niznik, J.P. Olsen, J. O’Mahony, J. Ottaway, B. Rittberger, M. Rosema, T. Schneider, U. Sverdrup, J. Thomassen, J. Vignon, R. Wessel

Preface: The White Paper on EU Governance: An Innovative Initiative?
Jérôme Vignon

Introduction: Research on EU Multi-Level Governance
Beate Kohler-Koch and Fabrice Larat

1. A Futile Quest for Coherence: The Many Frames of EU Governance
Beate Kohler-Koch and Berthold Rittberger

2. Travelling Concepts: EU Governance in the Social Sciences Literature
Joan O’Mahony and Jim Ottaway

3. United Kingdom and Ireland: Leading in Governance Research
Simon Bulmer

4. German Governance Research: Advanced but Mono-Disciplinary
Beate Kohler-Koch

5. The Netherlands and Norway: Strong in Governance Research
Nico Groenendijk, Martin Rosema, Jacques Thomassen, Ramses Wessel and Ulf Sverdrup

6. Small Countries with Vivid Social Science Traditions: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland
Stefanie Edler-Wollstein and Gerda Falkner

7. Europe’s South: Similarities and Differences in Governance Research
Fabrice Larat

8. Research on EU Governance in Central and Eastern Europe: National Specificities and a Common Legacy
Josef Niznik and Krzysztof Iszkowski

9. Researching Governance in a Multinational Environment: The European University Institute
Sandra Eckert

10. Trends and Patterns in Governance Research: What Do the GovData Tell Us?
Fabrice Larat and Thomas Schneider

11. EU Governance: Where Do We Go From Here?
Johan P. Olsen


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