The Dynamics of Change in EU Governance

The Dynamics of Change in EU Governance

Studies in EU Reform and Enlargement series

Edited by Udo Diedrichs, Wulf Reiners and Wolfgang Wessels

This book brings together the research of different academic disciplines to explore the recent transformation of governance in the European Union. The emergence, execution and evolution of new modes of EU governance across several policy fields – encompassing all three former pillars of the European Union – are mapped, analysed and evaluated. In particular, the contributors focus on the ways in which these innovative mechanisms and practices relate to ‘old’ methods of governance and what their implications are for both the effectiveness and efficiency of policy-making. Particular attention is devoted to the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the shape of EU governance. Conclusions are drawn in the form of an integrated framework that explores the dynamics and differentiation of EU governance.

Chapter 1: The Dynamics of Change in EU Governance

Udo Diedrichs, Wulf Reiners and Wolfgang Wessels

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, politics and public policy, european politics and policy, regulation and governance


Udo Diedrichs, Wulf Reiners and Wolfgang Wessels THE PROFILE OF THE VOLUME The examination and debate concerning modes of governance in the European Union (EU) has belonged to the most interesting and stimulating issues of relevance for both the academic as well as the political world in the last decade. Still, there is little consensus on what modes of governance exactly are and how far they have changed over recent years (Diedrichs et al., 2011; Peters and Pierre, 2009; Kohler-Koch and Larat, 2009; Kohler-Koch and Rittberger, 2009; Tömmel, 2008; Wallace, 2005). Some crucial questions have been posed which still wait for answers. Have new modes of governance replaced older, more traditional patterns, or have they simply complemented the procedural and institutional landscape of the EU without revealing a major impact on pre-existing types? It seems rather difficult to explain in which way new modes of governance are related to ‘old’ modes and to which ones in particular. While it is true that old and new modes can only be distinguished with some difficulty, they are still useful for heuristic reasons. The contributions to this volume will take this debate as an incentive to describe the dynamics and changes of and within the EU system. The relevance of this endeavour is underlined by the dynamics of the EU’s institutional and constitutional development which has found a new stage with the conclusion and coming into force of the Lisbon Treaty. The new provisions on the legal architecture of the EU, particularly...

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