Governing in Europe
Effective and Democratic?
By (author) Fritz W. Scharpf
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Governing in Europe by Fritz W. Scharpf
Book DescriptionThe problem-solving capacity, and hence the democratic legitimacy, of national governments is being weakened by the dual processes of legal and economic integration in Europe; and the loss is not fully compensated by the development of effective and legitimate problem-solving capabilities at the European level. Professor Scharpf supports his position by examining the normative underpinnings of democratic legitimacy and by a detailed analysis of the structural asymmetry between the effectiveness of the legal instruments of 'negative integration' which prevents governments from interfering with the free movements of goods, services, capital, and persons and the political constraints impeding positive political action at the European level. This is particularly true for policies pertaining to the welfare state. Governing in Europe explores strategies at the national level that could succeed in maintaining welfare state goals even under conditions of international economic competition, and it also discusses the conditions under which European policy could play a protective and enabling role with regard to these national solutions. The author suggests that if these opportunities should be used, multi-level governance in Europe could indeed regain both effectiveness and legitimacy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198295464
(216mm x 137mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Fritz W. Scharpf
Community and Autonomy, Paperback (July 2010)
Since the mid-1980s, Fritz W Scharpf has been investigating the evolution of the multilevel European polity and its impact on the effectiveness and legitimacy of democratic government in Europe. This title collects Scharpf's nearly two decades of research on government in Europe.
Welfare and Work in the Open Economy, Hardback (November 2000)
A study of the adjustment of advanced welfare states to international economic pressures that details the variety of responses in 12 countries. Volume I presents comparative analyses. Volume II presents in-depth analyses of each of the 12.
Governing in Europe, Hardback (March 1999)
This text explores strategies at the national level that could succeed in maintaining welfare state goals even under conditions of international economic competition. It discusses the conditions under which European policy could play a protective and enabling role with regard to these solutions.
Governance in the European Union, Paperback (May 1996)» View all books by Fritz W. Scharpf
This work analyzes the state in terms of its component parts and shows the interaction of subnational, national and supernational actors in the emerging European polity. This approach offers a view through which to assess the future course of European integration.
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Author Biography - Fritz W. Scharpf
Fritz Scharpf is the Director of the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Societies at Cologne
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