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European Governance, or Governmentality? Reflections on the EU‘s System of Government


  • Chris Shore


This paper offers a critical exploration of the term ‘governance’, its rise to prominence within EU political discourse, and the new forms of authority and expertise it has come to be associated with within the EU’sevolving political regime. Its argues that a critical understanding of EU governance might be advanced ifscholars look beyond the conventional political science literature (where governance is often ontologizedas that form of politics and authority which reflects the social reality of administering complex societies),and interpret it instead in terms of recent debates about neoliberal governmentality. I ask, what does theCommission’s appropriation of this ambiguous concept reveal about the way EU politicians, experts andpolicy makers are re-conceptualising Europe and the problem of European government?

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  • Chris Shore, 2009. "European Governance, or Governmentality? Reflections on the EU‘s System of Government," The Constitutionalism Web-Papers p0037, University of Hamburg, Faculty for Economics and Social Sciences, Department of Social Sciences, Institute of Political Science.
  • Handle: RePEc:erp:conweb:p0037

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