The Coordination Of The European Union: Exploring The Capacities Of Networked Governance

Hardcover | November 9, 2006

byAndrew Jordan, Adriaan Schout

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All policy systems are struggling to respond to wicked policy problems like international terrorism, drug crime and unsustainable development, none more so than the European Union (EU) which is renowned for its fluidity, deeply sectorized structures and weak political leadership. As thetraditional mode of coordinating - essentially issuing regulation - no longer commands sufficient political support, the EU has turned to what are increasingly termed soft or 'new' modes of governance, which rely upon different actors working together in relatively non-hierarchical networks. Newmodes of governance are in vogue because they appear to provide the EU with a new way to add value to national level activities without the slow and process of agreeing new legislation or the cost associated with building new administrative capacities in Brussels.This analysis provides the first book-length account of how effective network-based modes are at addressing problems that simultaneously demand greater levels of horizontal and vertical coordination. Taking, as an example, the thirty year struggle to build environmental thinking into all areas andlevels of EU policy making, it systematically explores the steps that two major EU institutions (the European Commission and the European Parliament), and three member states (Germany, the Netherlands and the UK) have (not) taken to build effective networked governance. By blending state of the art theories with new empirical findings, it offers a stark reminder that networked governance is not and has never been a panacea. Coordinating networks do not spontaneously 'self organise' in the EU; they have to be carefully designed as part of a repertoire of differentcoordinating instruments. The book concludes that the EU urgently needs to devote more of its time to the more mundane but important task of auditing and managing network, which, paradoxically, is an exercise in hierarchy. In so doing, this book helps to strip away some of the rhetorical claimsmade about the novelty and appeal of new modes, to reveal a much more sober and realistic appraisal of their coordinating potential.

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All policy systems are struggling to respond to wicked policy problems like international terrorism, drug crime and unsustainable development, none more so than the European Union (EU) which is renowned for its fluidity, deeply sectorized structures and weak political leadership. As thetraditional mode of coordinating - essentially iss...

Dr. Andrew Jordan is Reader in Environmental Politics and Philip Leverhulme Prize Fellow in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. He is a Manager of the ESRC Programme on Environmental Decision-making (PEDM) in the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment's (CSERGE). He has e...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:November 9, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199286957

ISBN - 13:9780199286959

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Table of Contents

1. Political Ambitions and Coordination Capacities: The management of horizontal and vertical interdependence2. Multilevel Coordination Capacities3. Environmental Policy Integration at EU Level: A catalogue of coordinating capacities4. The Coordination of European Union Policy: Actor perspectives5. Environmental Policy Integration: Actor perspectives6. Germany: A reactive and passive coordinator?7. The Netherlands: From event to issue coordination?8. The United Kingdom: Strong administration but weak political ambitions?9. The European Commission: An organization in transition?10. The European Parliament: A partially disengaged partner?11. The Coordination of the European Union: Understanding the capacities of networked governance

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`In this authoritative account, Jordan and Schout dispel many myths about the effectiveness of networked governance as alternative to hierarchical governance. Their analysis will make a significant impact on how we think about coordination via 'new' modes of governance, the design of publicpolicy and, ultimately, everyday politics in the EU.'Professor Claudio M. Radaelli, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK