Experimentalist Governance in the European Union: Towards a New Architecture

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EditorCharles F. Sabel, Jonathan Zeitlin

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Experimentalist Governance in the European Union advances a novel interpretation of EU governance. Its central claim is that the EU's regulatory successes within - and increasingly beyond - its borders rest on the emergence of a recursive process of framework rule making and revision byEuropean and national actors across a wide range of policy domains. In this architecture, framework goals and measures for gauging their achievement are established by joint action of the Member States and EU institutions. Lower-level units are given the freedom to advance these ends as they seefit. But in return for this autonomy, they must report regularly on their performance and participate in a peer review in which their results are compared with those of others pursuing different means to the same general ends. The framework goals, performance measures, and decision-making proceduresare themselves periodically revised by the actors, including new participants whose views come to be seen as indispensable to full and fair deliberation.The editors' introduction sets out the core features of this experimentalist architecture and contrasts it to conventional interpretations of EU governance, especially the principal-agent conceptions underpinning many contemporary theories of democratic sovereignty and effective, legitimate lawmaking. Subsequent chapters by an interdisciplinary group of European and North American scholars explore the architecture's applicability across a series of key policy domains, including data privacy, financial market regulation, energy, competition, food safety, GMOs, environmental protection,anti-discrimination, fundamental rights, justice and home affairs, and external relations. Their authoritative studies show both how recent developments often take an experimentalist turn but also admit of multiple, contrasting interpretations or leave open the possibility of reversion to morefamiliar types of governance. The results will be indispensable for all those concerned with the nature of the EU and its contribution to contemporary governance beyond the nation-state.

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Experimentalist Governance in the European Union advances a novel interpretation of EU governance. Its central claim is that the EU's regulatory successes within - and increasingly beyond - its borders rest on the emergence of a recursive process of framework rule making and revision byEuropean and national actors across a wide range o...

Charles F. Sabel was formerly the Ford International Professor of Social Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His publications include Learning by Monitoring (2006, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press), A Constitution of Democratic Experimentalism (with Michael C. Dorf, 2006, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Pres...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pagesPublished:March 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of Contributors1. Charles F. Sabel and Jonathan Zeitlin: Learning from Difference: The New Architecture of Experimentalist Governance in the EU2. Abraham Newman: Innovating European Data Privacy Regulation: Unintended Pathways to Experimentalist Governance3. Elliot Posner: The Lamfalussy Process: New Forms of Financial Rulemaking in the EU4. Burkard Eberlein: Experimentalist Governance in the Energy Sector5. Yane Svetiev: Networked Competition Governance in the EU: Centralization, Decentralization, or Experimentalist Architecture?6. Ingmar von Homeyer: Emerging Experimentalism in EU Environmental Governance7. Ellen Vos: Responding to Catastrophe: Towards a New Architecture for EU Food Safety Regulation?8. Patrycja Dabrowska: EU Governance of GMOs: Political Struggles and Experimentalist Solutions?9. Grainne de Burca: Stumbling into Experimentalism: The EU Anti-Discrimination Regime10. Jorg Monar: Experimentalist Governance in Justice and Home Affairs11. Olivier De Schutter: The Role of Evaluation in Experimentalist Governance: Learning by Monitoring in the Establishment of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice12. Elsa Tulmets: Experimentalist Governance in EU External Relations: Enlargement and European Neighbourhood PolicyIndex