Sixty Years of European Governance

Conference held at Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Canada, September 13 and 14, 2012.

Shared governance and policymaking have long played central roles in European integration. Some policy areas have had a strong European component since the 1950s but the importance of European coordination and responsibility increased substantially in the 1980s and 1990s with the single market project. Today it is difficult to find a policy sector in which EU institutions do not share competence with member states or at least help coordinate decisions. Many concepts and approaches have been advanced to describe and explain this evolution. As the role of the state generally has become more multifaceted, the governance and policymaking landscape in Europe has become ever more complex. EU institutions often have policy formulation or coordination roles but generally lack all but the most basic resources to ensure implementation. European publics, often ignorant or skeptical of EU governance, generally continue to hold national governments accountable even as these governments blame “Brussels” for unpopular policies. Responsibility without accountability leads to a democracy deficit or to a compromise of national approaches without a European solution. Participants in this conference reflect on sixty years of European governance, from the formation of the European Coal and Steel Community in the 1950s to today’s complex policymaking world.


Thursday, September 13

1:00   Sixty Years of European Governance  (Willem Maas)

1:15 – 3:15      Panel 1: Governance and Institutions

  • Ethics and Culture in the European Commission’s Services (Michelle Cini)
  • Shared Governance through Agencies of the European Union: Between Institutional Continuity and Change (Martijn L.P. Groenleer)
  • The Politics of European Regulatory Governance: An Evolutionary Perspective (Sandra Eckert)
  • Sixty Years of Auditing Europe   Paul Stephenson

3:30 – 5:30      Panel 2: Governance of Enlargement, Regions, and External Relations

  • Growing Pains, Reform and Changing Aim of Cohesion Policy  (Carolyn Dudek)
  • Decades of European Foreign Policy and Governance in the Middle East Conflict (Sharon Pardo)
  • The EU External Relations Governance System (Roberto Domínguez)
  • Fifty Years of Enlargement Policy (Neill Nugent)

Friday, September 14

9:00 – 10:30    Panel 3: Governance of Migration, Mobility, and Borders

  • European Integration and the Governance of Mobility (Alexander Caviedes)
  • European Governance and Reactive Sequencing: The Evolution of EU Asylum and Migration Cooperation (Meng-Hsuan Chou)
  • European Border Policy: From Cold War Container Spaces to a Showcase of EU Governmentality? (Ulrich Best)

10:45 – 12:15 Panel 4:  Governance, Law, Crisis

  • Sixty Years of EU Law: Evolution or Transformation?  (Jessica Guth)
  • Fifty Years of Public (Dis-)satisfaction with European Governance  (Maurits van der Veen)
  • Governance in the EU: Flexible Modes of Steering Through Stable Institutions  (Ingeborg Tömmel)

12:15 – 1:30 Lunch / conference closing

1:45 – 3:00 Publication discussion for authors

Biographical sketches and paper abstracts available HERE.

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