Critical Enquiry at the Intersection of Politics, Policy and Society
Edited by Emma Carmel
Chapter 10: Governing, politics and policy contestation within European networks
This chapter applies governance analysis to the European Union, opening the black box of governing processes in European networks. Looking at two informal co-operation networks in the domain of public services, this research reveals and explains the political nature of governing and the interrelations among actors and institutions. A prime focus is placed on the implications for policy and the direction of the networks in question. The findings reveal how network objectives are contested among actors and that despite the absence of a formal policymaking mandate these networks do feed into policymaking. The findings not only have implications for European governance but equally for other transnational networks operating at the international level, highlighting the complexity and political nature of governing as well as the diffuse boundaries between exchanging knowledge, learning, influencing and shaping policymaking.
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