Governance as the meeting place of EU law and politics

Paul James Cardwell

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The language of governance has become increasingly accepted and used in discussion of the European Union over the past few decades. Although its use is by no means restricted to the EU, it has had a special resonance for a polity which does not fit into established structures of law and government. The enthusiasm with which governance, new governance and the new modes of governance were greeted in EU scholarship has nevertheless waned in recent years. This chapter traces the various debates and rise and fall of governance, questioning whether it remains a useful means of understanding and characterising it. The chapter suggests that, with some reframing governance to bring in contemporary, 'post crisis' elements, governance remains a useful means by which both the law and politics of the EU can be understood.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on the Politics of EU Law
EditorsPaul James Cardwell, Marie-Pierre Granger
Place of PublicationCheltenham
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781788971287
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2020


  • Law
  • Politics
  • European Union
  • Governance


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