European Food Safety: Multilevel Governance, Re-Nationalization or Centralization?
WHAT’S THE BEEF? THE CONTESTED GOVERNANCE OF GOVERNANCE OF EUROPEAN FOOD SAFETY, pp. 81-95, Christopher Ansell and David Vogel, eds., Cambridge , MA: MIT Press
28 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2009 Last revised: 28 Apr 2015
Date Written: 2004
This paper is now published as:
Bernauer, Thomas, Caduff, Ladina. 2006. Food Safety and the Structure of the European Food Industry. In Christopher Ansell and David Vogel, eds. What’s the Beef? The Contested Governance of European Food Safety. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 81-95.
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Many political scientists and economists agree that particularly in the European Union multilevel governance and subsidiarity are conducive to the effectiveness, efficiency, and democratic legitimacy of policy-making (e.g. Frey 2001). Multilevel governance refers to a form of governance in which policy responsibility is distributed among different levels of government and among the public and private sector. It involves a plurality of actors, for example, local, and national governments, international and supranational organizations, NGOs, trade associations, and firms. Subsidiarity means that decision-making takes place at the lowest possible and effective political and/or administrative level in a given political system.
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