Informal Governance in the European Union

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Thomas Christiansen, Simona Piattoni
Edward Elgar, Jan 1, 2003 - Political Science - 273 pages
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How are the deals and decisions of the EU made - in the meeting rooms and at the conference tables, or by informal networks in the back corridors of power? aspects of governence and policy making in the EU that are labelled informal. Much of the literature on the EU focuses on the formal facets of EU politics, but uniquely, the subject matter within this book deals with informal aspects such as: the role of personal relationships, the presence of non-hierarchical policy-networks and non-institutional channels of interest representation, and the relevance of the unwritten rules and routines which govern these aspects of EU politics. is incomplete without attention to this informal governance, which is normatively and conceptually more complex tan is generally assumed. They provide a number of different approaches to the subject, illuminating the nature of informal governance in the EU and demonstrating the way in which its analysis can contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of politics and policy making in the EU.

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Thomas Christiansen is Jean Monnet Lecturer and Director of the Jean Monnet Centre, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Professor of the College of Europe in Bruges.Christine Reh is Academic Assistant in the Department of Politics at the College of Europe.

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