EU Administrative Governance
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EU Administrative Governance

Edited by Herwig C.H. Hofmann and Alexander H. Türk

This book is a unique contribution to the understanding of the reality of government and governance in the European Union (EU).
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Chapter 17: Conclusion: Europe’s Integrated Administration

Herwig C.H. Hofmann and Alexander H. Türk


17. Conclusions: Europe’s integrated administration Herwig C.H. Hofmann and Alexander H. Türk REVIEW OF FINDINGS OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS BOOK Structures of administrative governance occupy a prominent place within the European Union’s multilevel system of governance. They operate in large parts beyond the formally constituted rules of the treaties.1 Forms of administrative governance exist in all stages of the ‘policy cycle’, but since they have developed in an evolutionary way, their exact configuration differs in each policy area. Administrative governance structures are deeply procedural in nature. They integrate European and national administrations to a degree not well recognised in administrative law and administrative science literature. This and the lack of comprehensive administrative law in the sense of a general ‘administrative procedure act’ or similar legislation in the EU2 requires not only continuous reflection on the ongoing development of procedural frameworks for the exercise of governance in the EU3 but nothing less than a remodelling of our understanding of the role and the form of administration in Europe. Accordingly, within this book, our investigation into forms of administrative governance was structured in three different groups. In Part 1, we analysed forms of administrative governance in each of the policy phases of agenda setting, decision-making and implementation, an approach we referred to as ‘horizontal’ approach. In the second part of the book, we turned to what we referred to as ‘vertical’ chapters, analysing forms of administrative governance in different policy areas of the EU. These policy-area studies included...

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