Theoretical Perspectives on European Governance

Jachtenfuchs, Markus

Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 1995
The title of a journal, publication series: Arbeitspapiere / Mannheimer Zentrum für Europäische Sozialforschung, Arbeitsbereich 3
Volume: 7
Place of publication: Mannheim
ISSN: 0948-0099
Publication language: German
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department III (until 2/1999)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: The paper reviews some social scientific theories which could contribute to the development of a concept of European governance beyond traditional notions of federal state or international organisation. The theoretical argument is based on the culturalist version of neo-institutionalism which stresses the role of ideas in the functioning and transformation of a political order. It is claimed that both globalisation and functional differentiation tranform existing nation-states and shape the emerging European polity. European governance is characterised as poly-centric and non-hierarchical. Finally, different approaches to the legitimation of such a polity are discussed. The paper comes to the result that the emergence of a European political order is part of a process which could necessitate a rethinking of basic social scientific concepts.

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