The language of governance has become increasingly accepted and used in discussion of the European Union over the past few decades. Although its use is by no means restricted to the EU, it has had a special resonance for a polity which does not fit into established structures of law and government. The enthusiasm with which governance, new governance and the new modes of governance were greeted in EU scholarship has nevertheless waned in recent years. This chapter traces the various debates and rise and fall of governance, questioning whether it remains a useful means of understanding and characterising it. The chapter suggests that, with some reframing governance to bring in contemporary ‘post-crisis’ elements, governance remains a useful means by which both the law and politics of the EU can be understood.
Paul James Cardwell
Edited by Paul James Cardwell and Marie-Pierre Granger
Marie-Pierre Granger and Paul James Cardwell
EU law has played a central part in European integration and governance, and had a transformative effect on politics and societies in Europe. As the EU must deal with unprecedented crises (economic and financial crisis, migration, Brexit, rule of law backsliding, Euroscepticism, climate change, etc), EU law must respond and address new challenges, whilst being increasingly contested. Scholarship on EU law also looks for new paths, to develop more accurate accounts of the evolution and impact of EU law. This Research Handbook follows in the ‘law-in-context’ and critical tradition in the study of EU law and builds on other disciplinary insights (in particular from political sciences, international relations and sociology). It brings together both young and more established legal as well as political sciences scholars to reflect on the changing political environment which influences the development and implementation of EU law, and investigate the impact of EU law on politics and society in Europe. The Handbook addresses cross-cutting issues relating to the institutional order and system of governance, and some of the substantive areas where law and politics meet. The Handbook’s first part focuses on the institutional level of analysis, considering the theory and practice of how the EU institutions evolve, including in their interactions with other actors. The second examines in more detail some of the substantive areas where the politics of EU law can be traced and explained.