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Polycentricity in the European Union

Polycentricity in the European Union

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Josephine van Zeben, Ana Bobić, Francis Cheneval, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Martijn van den Brink, Iris Goldner Lang, Damjan Kukovec, Leticia Díez Sanchez, Vigjilenca Abazi, Sacha Garben
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  • Publication planned for: March 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108423540

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  • Supranational governance is being challenged by politicians and citizens around the EU as over-centralized and undemocratic. This book is premised on the idea that polycentric governance, developed by Vincent and Elinor Ostrom, is a fruitful place to start for addressing this challenge. Assessing the presence of, and potential for, polycentric governance within the EU means approaching established principles and practices from a new perspective. While the debate on these issues is rich, longstanding and interdisciplinary, it has proven difficult to sidestep the 'renationalisation/federalisation' dichotomy. The aim of this volume is not to reject the EU's institutional structure but provide a different benchmark for the assessment of its functioning. Polycentric theory highlights the importance of multilevel horizontal relationships within the EU – between states, but also between many sub-state actors, all the way down to individuals. This helps us answer the question: how do we achieve self-governance in an interdependent world?

    • Introduces the key features of Ostrom polycentric governance theory and presents a workable framework of the theory in practice
    • Expands the application of polycentricity to the EU, outside of the United States and natural resource management
    • Provides an alternative perspective on EU governance, compared to EU federalism or renationalization of powers
    • Gives a new perspective on established EU processes and analyses specific EU processes such as access to justice, access to information, and learning, as essential parts of polycentricity
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    • Publication planned for: March 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108423540
    • contains: 9 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: The Potential of a Polycentric European Union Josephine van Zeben and Ana Bobić
    1. Polycentricity as a Theory of Governance Josephine van Zeben
    2. Polycentric Features of the European Union Josephine van Zeben
    3. Demoïcratic Self-Government in the EU's Polycentric System: Theoretical Remarks Francis Cheneval
    4. Polycentric Subsidiary Josephine van Zeben & Kalypso Nicolaïdis
    5. Polycentricity and the Internal Market Josephine van Zeben & Ana Bobić
    6. The Shared System of Rules in a Polycentric European Union Ana Bobić
    7. The Promises and Drawbacks of EU Citizenship for a Polycentric Union Martijn van den Brink
    8. Self-Organisation of Third-Country Nationals in the EU: Polycentric Governance by the 'Other' Iris Goldner Lang
    9. Peaceful Contestation Damjan Kukovec
    10. Access to Justice in Polycentric Governance Leticia Díez Sanchez
    11. Access to Information in Polycentric Governance Vigjilenca Abazi
    12. The Capacity to Learn in the Polycentric European Union Sacha Garben
    Conclusions:Pathways to Polycentricity Josephine van Zeben and Ana Bobić.

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    Josephine van Zeben, University of Oxford
    Dr Josephine van Zeben is a Fellow at Worcester College and Tutor in EU and Public Law. In 2013, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. Dr van Zeben holds a degree in Social Sciences from Utrecht University, as well as law degrees from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Amsterdam and Harvard Law School. She has also been a Lecturer at the ETH Zurich since 2012. Her research focuses on how pluricentric systems – such as the EU – can best be structured to address complex regulatory problems.

    Ana Bobić, Hertie School of Governance
    Dr Ana Bobić is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the LEVIATHAN Project at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. She works on questions of accountability in EU economic governance, with a focus on the role of judicial and constitutional review. At the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, she completed the DPhil as a Graduate Assistance Fund Scholar and the MJur as the OSI/University of Oxford scholar. She previously obtained B.A. LL.M. summa cum laude at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia in 2011. Ana was also a lecturer in Constitutional and Administrative Law at Keble College, University of Oxford.

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    Josephine van Zeben, Ana Bobić, Francis Cheneval, Kalypso Nicolaïdis, Martijn van den Brink, Iris Goldner Lang, Damjan Kukovec, Leticia Díez Sanchez, Vigjilenca Abazi, Sacha Garben

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