Coordinated European governance: Self-organizing or centrally steered?

Schout, Adriaan and Jordan, Andrew ORCID: (2005) Coordinated European governance: Self-organizing or centrally steered? Public Administration, 83 (1). pp. 201-220. ISSN 0033-3298

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Now it is widely accepted that the European Union (EU) constitutes a system of governance, analysts need actively to explore precisely how it may affect the continuing struggle better to coordinate national and European administrations. In its 2001 White Paper on governance, the European Commission interpreted governance to mean less central control and more network-led steering. Its interpretation of such networks is that they are self-organizing. Drawing upon an empirical study of environmental policy integration (EPI) in the EU, this article shows that this vision may not adequately fit the multi-actor, multi-level coordination challenges associated with some EU problems. By studying the administrative capacities that the European Commission and three member states have created to achieve better environmental coordination, this article shows significant administrative weaknesses. It concludes that the coordination challenges now troubling the EU require a more thoughtful discussion of network management than the White Paper suggests.

Item Type: Article
UEA Research Groups: University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: Rosie Cullington
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2011 08:35
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2023 23:36
DOI: 10.1111/j.0033-3298.2005.00444.x

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