The European Union—A Unique Governance Mix?

Tanja A. Börzel

in The Oxford Handbook of Governance

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560530
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

The European Union—A Unique Governance Mix?

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This article examines the characteristics of governance in the European Union (EU). It argues that the EU heavily relies on hierarchy in the making of its policies and that the network governance which systematically involves private actors in the policy process is hard to find in the EU. The article concludes that the EU is less characterized by network governance and private-interest government than by inter- and transgovernmental negotiations, on the one hand, and political competition between member states and subnational authorities, on the other.

Keywords: governance; European Union; private actors; policy process; transgovernmental negotiations; political competition; member states; subnational authorities

Article.  6051 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; European Union ; Comparative Politics

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