Decision-Making and New Forms of Governance

Paul Craig and Gráinne de Búrca

in EU Law

Sixth edition

Published on behalf of © Text, Introductory Materials, Selection, and Notes Paul Craig and Gráinne de Búrca, 2015

Published in print July 2015 | ISBN: 9780198714927
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191811319 | DOI:

Series: Text, Cases, And Materials

Decision-Making and New Forms of Governance

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All books in this flagship series contain carefully selected substantial extracts from key cases, legislation, and academic debate, providing able students with a stand-alone resource. This chapter introduces the debate over new modes of decision-making and governance in the EU, and provides an account of the apparent shift towards greater use of these over time. The language of ‘new’ forms of governance in the EU refers to the move away from reliance on hierarchical modes towards more flexible modes as the preferred method of governing. A number of examples of new governance instruments and methods are provided, in particular the ‘new approach to harmonization’ and the ‘open method of coordination’. A number of other EU governance reform initiatives related to the new governance debate are also discussed, such as the subsidiarity and proportionality principles, the ‘better regulation’ initiative, and the Commission White Paper on Governance and its follow-up.

Keywords: EU law; governance; harmonization; open method; subsidiarity; proportionality; better regulation

Chapter.  12485 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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