Presenting a fresh alternative to traditional state-centered analyses of the process of European integration, Governance in the European Union clearly shows the interaction of subnational, national, and supranational actors in the emerging European polity. This “multilevel politics” approach offers a powerful lens for viewing the future course of European integration. The authors' empirical exploration of areas such as regional governance, social policy, and social movements underpins their broad conceptual and theoretical framework, providing significant new insight into European politics. Governance in the European Union will appeal to students and academics across the broad spectrum of political science, and will be of particular interest to those in European studies, public policy studies, comparative politics, and political theory.
Chapter 3: Competencies, Cracks and Conflicts: Regional Mobilization in the European Union
Competencies, Cracks and Conflicts: Regional Mobilization in the European Union
The 1990s have seen the growth of a new and unheralded form of regional mobilization in the European Union.52 At the time of writing, fifty-four regional and local governments representing roughly three-sevenths of the population of the European Union have established offices in Brussels. Although they have no legal or formal place in the Union, the largest and best funded of these offices combine several functions. They provide the Commission and Parliament with regional viewpoints on all issues that concern them; they survey the European scene for upcoming issues to be brought to the attention of policy-makers in their home governments; they ...