A Responsive Technocracy?

EU Politicisation and the Consumer Policies of the European Commission
The book argues that the European Commission can no longer be treated as an insulated technocracy immune to public pressures. New data on the increasing public politicisation of European integration since the 1990s highlights that the Commission should nowadays be much more concerned about the immediate public appeal of its policies – even if this contradicts well-worn patterns of elite-driven regulation in Europe.

On the basis of first-hand insider accounts the book then compares 17 recent consumer policy initiatives. The Commission's policy choices indeed become more consumer friendly under higher levels of public awareness. While this promises more democratic quality, the book also reveals an enhanced conflict potential threatening the efficiency of legislative decision-making in the EU.


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A Responsive Technocracy?
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Author
Christian Rauh
Edition / place / publisher

Colchester: ECPR Press 2016

ISBN: 9781785521270
314 pages
ISBN: 9781785521270

International Organization in Time

Fragmentation and Reform
International Organization in Time investigates why reformers often pledge to unify international organizations (IOs), but end up fragmenting them instead. The book reconstructs the institutional history of the World Health Organization (WHO) since its creation in 1946. It theorizes the fragmentation trap, which is both a cause and a consequence of reform failure in the WHO. A comparison between the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) illustrates the relevance of path dependence and fragmentation across the United Nations (UN) system. As the UN approaches its 70th anniversary, this book helps to understand the path dependent dynamics that reformers encounter in IOs.
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International Organization in Time
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Author
Tine Hanrieder
Edition / place / publisher

Oxford University Press, Oxford 2015

ISBN: 978-0198705833
208 pages
€ 66,95

Von Konkurrenz zu Arbeitsteilung

Komplexität und Dynamik im Zusammenspiel internationaler Institutionen
The international system consists of a multitude of international institutions, whose competences frequently overlap without being embedded in a centralized structure. Whether this institutional complexity is conducive or detrimental to interstate cooperation is increasingly debated in the academic literature. By showing that overlapping international institutions tend to a functional division of labor, Benjamin Faude contradicts those speaking about a weakening of institutionalized cooperation through institutional overlap. In doing so, he introduces a theory that is able to explain the emergence of inter-institutional political order beyond the nation-state.
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Editor
Benjamin Faude
Edition / place / publisher

Frankfurt/New York: campus

EAN 9783593503264
197 pages
€ 39,90

Aus der Reihe Staatlichkeit im Wandel

Which Policy for Europe?

Power and Conflict inside the European Commission
The European Commission is at the centre of the EU political system. Within its five-year terms each Commission proposes up to 2000 binding legal acts and therefore crucially shapes the form and substance of EU policy, which in turn impacts on the daily lives of more than 500 million European citizens. However, despite the EU Commission’s key role in setting the agenda for European decision making, little is known about its internal dynamics when preparing legislation. This book provides a problem-driven, theoretically-founded, and empirically-rich treatment of the so far still understudied process of position-formation inside the EU Commission. It reveals that various internal political positions prevail and that the role of power and conflict inside the European Commission is essential to understanding its policy proposals. Opening the “black box” of the Commission, the volume identifies three ideal-types of internal position-formation. The Commission is depicted as motivated by technocratic problem-solving, by competence-seeking utility maximization or ideologically-motivated policy-seeking. Specifying conditions that favour one logic over the others, the typology furthers understanding of how the EU system functions and provides novel explanations of EU policies with substantial societal implications.
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Which Policy for Europe?
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Author
Miriam Hartlapp, Julia Metz, Christian Rauh
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Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press

ISBN 978-0-19-968803-6
368 pages
£ 55.00

The Internet and European Integration

Pro- and Anti-EU Debates in Online News Media
This book offers a wealth of original empirical data on how online media shape EU contestation. Taking a public sphere perspective, the authors highlight the myths and truths about the nature of audience-driven online media content and show how public demands for legitimacy are at the heart of the much-analyzed politicization of European integration. What EU citizens most intensely debate online are the fundamental questions of what the European institutions stand for and how they can be held accountable.

Drawing on innovative and rigorous analysis of online media ownership, journalistic content and online readers’ inputs, the authors piece together the components of the dynamic nature of EU contestation and the degree of convergence towards Euroscepticism across EU member states in the first years of the Eurocrisis.

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Author
Asimina Michailidou, Hans-Jörg Trenz, Pieter de Wilde
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Opladen/Berlin/Toronto: Barbara Budrich Publishers

ISBN 978-3-8474-0153-7
250 pages
€ 49,90

Bringing Sociology to International Relations

World Politics as Differentiation Theory
Functional differentiation has long been at the heart of sociological thought, and as such has become a defining feature in the evolution of modern society; one which distinguishes it from pre-modern societies which have instead typically differentiated by means of segmentation, or stratified social systems such as class. Drawing on the latest developments on differentiation theory in international relations (IR) and sociology, this book brings together contributions from leading IR scholars and sociological theorists to offer a unique interdisciplinary synthesis in which contemporary world politics is discussed as a differentiated social realm. Bringing Sociology to International Relations is a new resource for scholars and students which strives to respond to a significant question across all its chapters: What happens when this well-established sociological theoretical framework is transposed from the domestic level, for which it was originally designed, to the larger and more complex subject of international relations?
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Bringing Sociology to International Relations
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(Eds.)
Mathias Albert, Barry Buzan, Michael Zürn
Edition / place / publisher

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

ISBN 978-1107440135
292 pages
€ 63,63

Contesting Europe

Exploring Euroscepticism in Online Media Coverage
This book investigates the way politicians and citizens evaluate the European Union and the process of European integration in public debates during the 2009 European Parliament elections. It presents detailed and rigorous content analysis of online media where citizens directly and voluntarily respond to news stories posted by journalists. New evidence is presented about the dynamic nature of contestation about Europe on the internet and the degree of convergence towards Euroscepticism across EU member states. Such convergence poses new challenges for democratic representation in the EU and provides insight into the public basis for a legitimate European Union."
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Contesting Europe
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Pieter de Wilde, Asimina Michailidou, Hans-Jörg Trenz
Edition / place / publisher

Colchester: ECPR Press

ISBN 978-1907301513
292 pages
33,99 €

Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect

The power of norms and the norms of the powerful
This book explores how the bedrock institution of today’s global order – sovereignty – is undergoing transformation as a result of complex interactions between power and norms, between politics and international law. This book analyzes a series of controversial military interventions into the internal affairs of “irresponsible sovereigns” and discusses their consequences for the rules on the use of force and the principle of sovereign quality. Featuring case studies on Kosovo, Darfur, and Afghanistan, it shows that frames from one discourse (for example the debate over the responsibility to protect) have been important into other discourses (on counter-terrorism and nuclear non-proliferation) in an attempt to legitimize a bold challenge to the global legal order. Although the “demise” of sovereignty as responsibility. Drawing on international relations theory, international law and sociology, Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect develops a truly interdisciplinary perspective on the transformation of sovereignty and will be of strong interest to students and scholars in these fields.
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Author
Theresa Reinold
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London: Routledge

ISBN 978-0-415-62629-3
200 pages
€ 100,99

Rule of Law Dynamics

In an Era of International and Transnational Governance
This volume explores the various strategies, mechanisms, and processes that influence rule of law dynamics across borders and the national/international divide, illuminating the diverse paths of influence. It shows to what extent, and how, rule of law dynamics have changed in recent years, especially at the transnational and international levels of government. To explore these interactive dynamics, the volume adopts an interdisciplinary approach, bringing together the normative perspective of law with the analytical perspective of social sciences. The volume contributes to several fields, including studies of rule of law, law and development, and good governance; democratization; globalization studies; neo-institutionalism and judicial studies; international law, transnational governance, and the emerging literature on judicial reforms in authoritarian regimes; and comparative law (Islamic, African, Asian, Latin American legal systems).
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Michael Zürn, André Nollkaemper, Randall Peerenboom
Edition / place / publisher

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

ISBN 978-1-107-02471-7
396 pages
€ 84,85

Die Politisierung der Weltpolitik

Umkämpfte internationale Institutionen
The articles in this volume analyze the politicization of international institutions. The politicization thesis is based on the observation that (global) society actors relate power and legitimacy issues increasingly to global governance. They appear to exhibit a certain amount of disposition to critique and resistance that places increasing pressure on the actions of international organizations (eg. World Bank), supranational institutions or corporations. At the same time, they make use of international organizations and forums to reach their political goals. The introduction provides a conceptual and theoretical framework for analyzing these developments (Michael Zürn). The politicization thesis is then tested and further developed in a range of empirical case studies; for example, the UN Security Council (Martin Binder), the World Health Organization (Lora Viola), the sustainability policies of the World Bank (Helmut Weidner) or of the OECD tax regime (Thomas Rixen). At the macro level, the thesis has been verified by the case studies on the development of transnational protests (Dieter Rucht) or the emergence of a new line of conflict (Edgar Grande/Hans Peter Kriesi). Finally, the synopsis (Matthias Ecker-Ehrhardt/Michael Zürn) concludes that there is enhanced social criticism against the lack of legitimacy of international institutions, and that this criticism does in fact lead to institutional change.
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Editors
Michael Zürn, Mathias Ecker-Ehrhardt
Edition / place / publisher

Berlin: Suhrkamp

ISBN 978-3-518-12659-2
412 pages
€ 25,00

Der Globale Ausnahmezustand

Carl Schmitt und die Anti-Terror-Politik des UN Sicherheitsrates
Starting with the ‘cosmopolitan state of emergency’ assumption postulated by the risk sociologist Ulrich Becks, this book further develops the thesis that the approach taken by the Security Council to fight terrorism is a global portrayal of Carl Schmitt’s theory of a general state of emergency. Particularly after 9/11, it will be shown that enmity, in Schmitt's terms, took place in the Security Council, and that the suspension of rights, in combination with the introduction of legislative measures, both a central aspect from Schmitt’s theory, were put into practice at a global level.

The so-called Security Council's ‘dictatorship’ questioned not only the strong established belief of a horizontal cooperation in the global governance research, but also distracted the attention from the necessity to constraint its authority. It became less evident that the often acclaimed model for deliberative legitimization of international governance will be possible to implement in a deliberation free global state of emergency.

This work is part of the series Internationale Beziehungen, Volume 18.

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Der Globale Ausnahmezustand
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Christian Kreuder-Sonnen
Edition / place / publisher

Verlag: Nomos, Baden-Baden 2012

ISBN: 978-3-8329-7147-2
131 pages
€ 24,00

Handbook on Multi-Level Governance

Scholarship of multi-level governance has developed into one of the most innovative themes of research in political science and public policy. This Handbook presents a thorough review of the wide-ranging literature, encompassing various theoretical and conceptual approaches to multi-level governance and their application to policy-making in domestic, regional and global contexts. The importance of multi-level governance in specific policy areas is highlighted, and the contributors - an international group of highly renowned scholars - report on the ways in which their field of specialization is, or may be, affected by multi-level governance and how developments could affect its conceptualization. European integration is considered from its unique standpoint as the key catalyst in the development of multi-level approaches, and the use of multi-level governance in other parts of the world, at both domestic and regional levels, is also considered in detail before focus is shifted towards global governance. The Handbook concludes with a presentation of six policy fields and instruments affected by multi-level governance, including social policy, environmental policy, economic policy, international taxation, standard-setting and policing.
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Henrik Enderlein, Sonja Wälti, Michael Zürn
Edition / place / publisher

Cheltenham: Eward Elgar

ISBN: 978-1-84980-629-9
512 pages
€ 51,99

Der Rechtsstaat unter Bewährungsdruck

Schriften zur Governance-Forschung, Bd. 20
The legal and political self-concept of the Federal Republic of Germany as a state based on the rule of law is essentially recognized and uncontroversial. Nonetheless, Germany's modern constitutional democracy has been put to many different tests in recent years. Reduced restrictions on wire-tapping in the fight against organized crime, for example, has greatly widened the state's surveillance of private communication. And the "War on Terror" declared after September 11, 2001, has marked a new dimension in the relation between a private sphere free of state interference and a preventive "state security" apparatus operating in the name of protection. In five essays, renowned legal scholars take different perspectives on the question of whether and how such developments shift the relation between security and liberty and whether the state's attempts to assert itself do not actually entail the danger of sacrificing the very meaning of due process and what makes it so central to Germany's political culture. The volume documents the "Rule of Law" lectures delivered in the first half of 2008.
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Gunnar Folke Schuppert, Wolfgang Merkel, Georg Nolte, Michael Zürn
Edition / place / publisher

Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft

ISBN 978-3-8329-5211-2
105 pages
€ 19,00

The Political Economy of International Tax Governance

Transformation of the State Series
This volume deals with an issue that has so far received little attention: the fate of the "power to tax", one of the key attributes of the modern nation state, in an era of globalization. It shows that while tax sovereignty is shaped and constrained in important ways by an international tax regime, international tax rules will need to be strengthened in the future. The book presents a theory-driven empirical account of the establishment, institutional form and transformation of international tax governance, from the 1920s, when it was solely concerned with the avoidance of double taxation, up to the present era of international tax competition. The book opens up a new field of research for Political Scientists and Political Economists and offers experts in international taxation a fresh perspective on their subject. At the same time, it relates to current debates on international institutions and global governance.
Thomas Rixen
Edition / place / publisher

Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN 978-0-230-50768-5
264 pages
£ 50,00

Governance in einer sich wandelnden Welt

Politische Vierteljahresschrift, Sonderheft 41/2008
Taking root in political science and other disciplines in the 1990s, the term governance has been rapidly gaining currency ever since. But the various meanings attributed to it and the different ways it is used blur it a good deal. The aim of this volume is to help clarify the term and its underlying concept. In recognition that the shift from "control" to "governance" is not just semantic, the contributing authors deal with social and political problem-solving structures in the context of transformation in the public sector. A special feature of the book is its multidisciplinary approach to the subject, which includes analytic insights from the fields of political science and law. The first part is devoted to the conceptual delimitation and contours of a theory of governance. The second part addresses the relation between law and governance in order to gain an understanding of governance as the coordination of what actors do in regulatory structures. The third and fourth parts inquire into new forms and modes of governance at the national and transnational levels. The book concludes with interim conclusions about the fruits of research on governance thus far and with a proposal for defining the concept.
Gunnar Folke Schuppert, Michael Zürn (Hg.)
Edition / place / publisher

Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften

ISBN 978-3-531-15922-5
600 pages
€ 49,90