Legislation, Implementation and Deliberation
Edited by Thomas Christiansen and Torbjörn Larsson
This book presents the results of long-standing research interests of the editors and the contributors. A major part of the content is based on a research project led by Guenther Schaefer at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht. This project, ‘Governance by Committee, the Role of Committees in European Policy-Making and Policy Implementation’, was launched in 1999 and has been ﬁnanced by the European Commission as part of the EU’s 5th Framework Programme, ‘Improving the Socio-economic Knowledge Base’. The project co-ordinator was the European Institute of Public Administration and ﬁve partners participated – the Centre of European Law at Kings’s College London, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Bordeaux, Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Rennes, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna and University of Cologne Jean-Monnet Chair for Political Science. The aim was to generate new knowledge with regard to the practical procedures and processes in the EU policy-making process, challenging some of the existing theories of the day – by means of extensive and thoroughly empirical research. This volume can be seen as an extension and expansion of that original research project. Authors have updated their initial ﬁndings and related areas that were not included in the original project have been added. The material on speciﬁc types of committees has been put into the context of a wider analytical structure that includes themes such as deliberation vs. strategic bargaining; formalisation vs. informality in EU policy-making; and related normative concerns about good governance in the EU. Now that the...