Studies in EU Reform and Enlargement series
Edited by Udo Diedrichs, Wulf Reiners and Wolfgang Wessels
The entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty in December 2009 has enriched and enhanced the opportunities for using modes of governance in the European Union. By introducing new provisions on decision-making and policy-shaping, the member states have defined new rules of the game and triggered a fresh dynamics of intra- and interinstitutional interaction. This volume examines the transformation of governance in the European Union over recent years by mapping, analysing and evaluating the emergence, execution and evolution of ‘new modes of governance’ across policy fields. It brings together the results of research conducted in the context of the integrated project ‘NEWGOV – New Modes of Governance’, coordinated by the European University Institute, Florence. As a key issue in studying European politics in general and not least of the evolution of the European Union, this book is published in the ‘Studies in EU Reform and Enlargement’ series embedding governance into a macro approach of analysis of the construction of the EU system. For this purpose, the volume combines the research undertaken by political scientists, economists and lawyers, engaged in collecting data, mapping and analysing innovations and transformations in the legal and living architecture of governance operating at the multiple levels and arenas of the evolving and enlarging European polity and economy. A particular focus has been placed on the ways in which these innovative mechanisms and practices relate to each other both horizontally and vertically; how they relate to ‘old methods’ of governance; and what their implications are both for the...