Regional Governance in the EU
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Regional Governance in the EU

Regions and the Future of Europe

Edited by Gabriele Abels and Jan Battke

The role of regions in the European Union has been frequently debated since the 1980s. This comprehensive book provides a thorough overview of the issue from a variety of perspectives, analysing regional governance and territorial dynamics in the EU and its member states. Focusing on the implications of the democratisation–regionalisation nexus, it argues that a ‘Europe with the regions’ may promote good governance and ameliorate the democratic deficits of the EU.
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Chapter 3: Deconstructing and reconstructing good governance in relation to regional and local participation in EU

Carlo Panara


This chapter discusses the notion of good governance in relation to the role of subnational authorities (SNAs) in the EU. It argues that EU good governance has two potentially dialectic dimensions - input and output legitimacy - and shows that SNAs contribute input legitimacy to the EU, particularly when their participation in decision-making is channelled by formalised national or EU processes that ensure fairness, openness and transparency. Although a complicated matter, this chapter argues that SNAs contribute output legitimacy to the EU in the implementation of EU policies by generating territorial economies of scale. SNAs also contribute to shaping EU policies ‘from below’ by lobbying the EU institutions or through the Committee of the Regions (CoR). SNAs have facilitated a number of substantial achievements, particularly in EU cohesion policy. Hence, the chapter concludes that SNAs contribute input and output legitimacy to EU policies, EU institutions and the EU as a polity.

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