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Governing in Europe : Effective and Democratic? - Fritz Scharpf

Governing in Europe

Effective and Democratic?

Paperback Published: 1st March 1999
ISBN: 9780198295464
Number Of Pages: 256

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The problem-solving capacity, and hence the democratic legitimacy, of national governments is being weakened by the dual processes of legal and economic integration in Europe; and the loss is not fully compensated by the development of effective and legitimate problem-solving capabilities at the European level. Professor Scharpf supports his position by examining the normative underpinnings of democratic legitimacy and by a detailed analysis of the structural asymmetry between the effectiveness of the legal instruments of `negative integration' which prevents governments from interfering with the free movements of goods, services, capital, and persons and the political constraints impeding positive political action at the European level. This is particularly true for policies pertaining to the welfare state.

Governing in Europe explores strategies at the national level that could succeed in maintaining welfare state goals even under conditions of international economic competition, and it also discusses the conditions under which European policy could play a protective and enabling role with regard to these national solutions. The author suggests that if these opportunities should be used, multi-level governance in Europe could indeed regain both effectiveness and legitimacy.

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One of the best studies of European integration in recent years...A brilliant and concise analysis of extraordinarily complex issues. * Foreign Affairs *

1: Political Democracy in a Capitalist Economy 2: Negative and Positive Integration 3: Regulatory Competition and Re-Regulation 4: National Solutions without Boundary Control 5: The European Contribution Conclusion: Multi-level Problem-Solving in Europe References Index

ISBN: 9780198295464
ISBN-10: 0198295464
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st March 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 13.89  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.29