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New Governance in the European Union: A Theoretical Perspective

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  • Burkard Eberlein
  • Dieter Kerwer
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    New modes of governance based on voluntary performance standards, rather than compulsory regulation, have gained salience in the European Union (EU). Can these new modes of governance offer a credible solution to the current challenges faced by EU policy-making? In this article, we assess the potential of new governance in the light of the theory of democratic experimentalism. This theoretical perspective suggests, first, that co-ordination by voluntary performance standards can lead to more effective rules and more opportunities for political participation; second, that the scope of this mode of governance in the EU is not confined to cases which are explicitly flagged as new governance; and third, that one of the main problems is how a voluntary mode of governance can coexist with compulsory regulation. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2004.

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    Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Journal of Common Market Studies.

    Volume (Year): 42 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 (02)
    Pages: 121-142

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    7. Annelise Riles, 2013. "Is New Governance the Ideal Architecture for Global Financial Regulation?," IMES Discussion Paper Series 13-E-01, Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan.
    8. Weiqing Song, 2011. "Open method of coordination and the gloomy future of social Europe," Asia Europe Journal, Springer, vol. 9(1), pages 13-27, November.
    9. Hartlapp, Miriam, 2006. "Über Politiklernen lernen: Überlegungen zur Europäischen Beschäftigungsstrategie," Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Labor Market Policy and Employment SP I 2006-114, Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB).

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