Modes of Regulation in the Governance of the European Union: Towards a Comprehensive Evaluation

European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 7 No. 2003-001

23 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2003

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Christoph Knill

University of Konstanz; University of Jena - Institute of Political Science

Andrea Lenschow

University of Salzburg - Department of Political Science

Abstract

The European Union is becoming a regulatory state with many faces. Classical top-down regulatory policy is joined by less authoritative, less interventionist and more participatory regulatory forms. At least in part, these regulatory experiments are intended to improve the quality of governing in the EU - both from an output (decision making, implementation, problem solving) and input (democratic quality) perspective. This paper has two aims: To arrive at a differentiated picture of the EU regulatory state, we develop a typology of different modes of EU regulation ranging from classical legal instruments to softer forms of steering the economy and society. In a second step we are looking at the regulatory transition from a normative angle and analyse the various types of regulation employed in EU policy making on the basis of several evaluation criteria, offering a critical commentary on regulatory modes and trends.

Keywords: European integration, EIoP, regulatory politics, governance, legitimacy, subsidiarity, democracy, open coordination, political science

Suggested Citation

Knill, Christoph and Lenschow, Andrea, Modes of Regulation in the Governance of the European Union: Towards a Comprehensive Evaluation. European Integration online Papers (EIoP), Vol. 7 No. 2003-001, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=380680 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.380680

Christoph Knill (Contact Author)

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Andrea Lenschow

University of Salzburg - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Austria
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