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Simona Piattoni

The chapter explores the theoretical and the empirical aspects of multilevel governance with special emphasis on territorial politics. The theoretical and definitional space of the concept of multilevel governance is seen as three-dimensional, interlinking state restructuring (polity), political mobilization (politics) and policy-making (policy). The conceptual genealogy of multilevel governance is discussed to debunk some of the most extreme positions in the debate. The chapter then turns to political mobilization occasioned by policy decisions triggered by global and supranational forces as the most understudied aspect of multilevel governance. Studying its normative status, both from a legal and democratic theory point of view, the chapter points to fundamental transformations in state sovereignty and democratic government.

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In ‘the new circumstances of political organisation’ - that is, in the highly interconnected context of the European Union - sovereignty must be exercised in a responsible manner. The very understanding of democracy must go beyond the 18th-century notion of the self-legislating demos, at once the author and the subject of its laws, and rather conform to a transnational, multilateral and multilevel notion of democracy. What is the specific contribution that the regions can make to this notion of democracy? This chapter aims to provide answers to this question by focusing on the European Committee of the Regions (CoR), a consultative body of the EU. If good democratic governance needs both bigger and smaller units, then in the EU context it needs democratic institutions and procedures not only at the supranational and national level, but also at the subnational level.

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Edited by Thomas Christiansen and Simona Piattoni

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This book addresses an issue of paramount importance concerning the politics of the European Union: aspects of governance and policy making in the EU that are labelled ‘informal’. Much of the literature on the EU focuses on the formal facets of EU politics, but uniquely, the subject matter within this book deals with informal aspects such as: the role of personal relationships, the presence of non-hierarchical policy-networks and non-institutional channels of interest representation, and the relevance of the unwritten rules and routines which govern these aspects of EU politics.
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Edited by Simona Piattoni and Laura Polverari

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