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‘This collection of essays by a number of scholars from India and Europe addresses economic, political and social issues of great contemporary significance. The most attractive feature of the volume is the comparative and inter-disciplinary approach which gives it its distinctive orientation. Munshi and Abraham have held diverse but important themes together in an exemplary manner’

- Andre Beteille, Chairman, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata

‘This is an outstanding book on an issue easier talked about than acted upon. The editors have brought together in this rich volume a wide variety of essays which focus on India and Europe and clarify that it is necessary to contextualise good governance. The comparative perspective has the additional advantage of extending the analysis beyond the realm of the ...

Governance and Democracy: Reflections on the European Debate
Governance and democracy: Reflections on the European debate
Preamble: European Governance without a European State?

When examining the debate on governance in a supranational context such as the European Union (EU), it is important to note that the questions related to the responsibility of states and governments in formulating and implementing public policies and delivering public goods take very specific features. With its institutional setting and wealth of legislation (that takes priority—in case of difference—over legislation of member states), the EU goes much beyond any international organisation in exercising regulatory functions. Sometimes it is even considered as a sort of ‘suprastate’ comprising an ‘executive’ (as the European Commission is often portrayed), two legislative bodies (the Council of Ministers and ...

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