Experimentalist Governance in the European Union: Towards a New Architecture (Book Review)
EXPERIMENTALIST GOVERNANCE IN THE EUROPEAN UNION: TOWARDS A NEW ARCHITECTURE, C.F. Sabel and J. Zeitlin, Eds., Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010
JMCS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 49, No. 3, 2011
2 Pages Posted: 17 Dec 2010 Last revised: 15 Feb 2011
Date Written: September 1, 2010
Review of "Experimentalist Governance in the European Union: Towards a New Architecture", edited by C.F. Sabel and J. Zeitlin, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2010
This edited volume provides an important contribution to the exciting and burgeoning area of scholarship on ‘new governance’, at the intersection of a multiplicity of academic disciplines including law, political science, public policy administration, and economics. Although ‘new governance’ has been described, throughout the past decade, as emerging in an ever growing variety of (seemingly disparate) policy fields and jurisdictional settings, it remains a fluid and unsettled concept, lacking a clear definition and conceptualization. Thus, the term ‘new governance’, and more recently ‘reflexive governance’, has become an umbrella heading for a wide range of flexible regulatory processes beyond the nation-state, with an equally wide range of interpretations and theories to explain their genesis.
Charles Sabel and Jonathan Zeitlin, two authoritative names in the governance discourse, have in recent years made formative contributions to this definitional debate, by developing the concept of ‘experimentalist architecture’ to describe the underlying evolving governance modes, particularly within the EU. In the volume under review, Sabel and Zeitlin expand on their earlier writings on ‘democratic experimentalism’ architecture, and the resulting new governance mode which they call ‘directly deliberative polyarchy (DDP)’.
Keywords: Experimentalist Governance, New governance, EU law, European Union, Architecture
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