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Development of the European system of governance - Theories, practices and myths

CINEFOGO researchers focus on the broad theme that is theories, practices and myths in relation to the European system of governance. The aim of the research is to contribute to the on-going discussion on European governance and its consequences for the EU polity, policy and politics.

Specifically three aspects have the researchers’ attention: The theory and practice of multi-level governance, the mythologizing of the European Union, and the institutionalisation of social movements and the European Union. The researchers specify: “The central question to be explored is whether there is a disjuncture between the European construction and the national narration of these myths, and what might be its source”. The concept of multi-level governance is used to understand some of the decision-making dynamics within the European Union. It has been applied to an increasing number of policy areas and different settings and the number of scholars using it has significantly increased. The researchers’ aim to reflect on multi-level governance by gathering experiences from scholars that have tried to asses the magnitude and depth of the changes brought about by multi-level governance. The European Union has, like all policies, had to construct a mythology in order to mobilise support, legitimize political rule and provide a sense of purpose for a structure that governs close to 500 million citizens. In this regard, the CINEFOGO researchers’ scope is to examine the interaction between the creation of European myths at the European level, and their narration on the national level. The research is focused on a selected group of foundational myths that have been central to the European project, such as; democratic Europe; peaceful Europe; social Europe and liberal Europe. CINEFOGO researchers are furthermore interested in assessing the contribution of social movements and their related advocacy coalitions to policy making at EU level, seen as the social movements and public interest groups increasingly are becoming more prominent actors at EU level. Working paper and presentation are available to download from the CINEFOGO database: Contact: Scientific Communication Officer Julia Miljevic E-mail


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