Marine de Lassalle (eds.)
The Political Uses of Governance
Studying an EU White Paper
Présentation de l'éditeur
The term “governance” and the way it has been used byEuropean institutions have elicited much interest in theacademic world. However, the notion and its uses have of-ten been studied only in terms of intellectual developmentor network analysis. Such research leaves us in the darkabout some key questions: Which meaning does the con-cept of governance actually hold for the actors involved?To what degree do they share a single definition of theterm? Does “European governance” work as a self - fulfillingprophecy, structuring the space of the EU and the practicesof its actors?
The authors focus on the White Paper on EU Governance launched by the European Commission (EC) in 2001. They explain the different positions on governance as well as on the series of new policy tools promoted by the EC (impact assessment, consultation, etc.) and taken up by Member States, EU institutions and stake-holders. Shedding some new light on these currently dominant instruments, the contributors explore the me-aning of governance and how EU consultations really work.
Prof. Dr. Didier Georgakakis Professor of political science at the Pantheon - Sorbonne University, Paris Dr. Marine de Lassalle Senior lecturer in political science at Sciences - Po Strasbourg