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Beyond the 'Institutional void', the reform of european governance

Abstract : The traditional forms of government, characterized by state-centrism, hierarchical relations and strongly formalised procedures are challenged by emergent forms of "steering" which are more society-centric and less institutionalised. However, the concept of "governance" is becoming hackeyned and meaningless through overuse and misunderstanding. This paper first attempts to give a theoretical outline of this concept (J. Pierre, 2000). Then, emphasis is put on the development of innovative practices of governance as a consequence of "institutional void" (M. Hajer, 2003). Finally, special attention is paid to institutional changes, especially in the field of environment, in the perspective of the development of society-oriented practices within the European institutions.
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Nadine Georgel. Beyond the 'Institutional void', the reform of european governance. Workshop 21 : Assessing Emergent Forms of Governance : European Public Policies Beyond the 'Institutional Void'. Joint Sessions of Workshops, Apr 2003, Edimbourg, United Kingdom. ⟨halshs-00291021⟩



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