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EU Governance by self co-ordination? Towards a collective 'gouvernement économique', Final Report

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2001-00045


GOVECOR has studied a vital part of EU governance: self-coordination in the area of fiscal and employment policy and their impact on European integration between 1997 and 2003. It has explored the impact of the new treaty provisions (articles 125-130 and 104 TEC) on the emergence, evolution and transformation of these modes of governance. The starting point was: how do governmental and non-governmental actors understand, use and adapt these legal empowerments? Looking at the combined impact of the legal provisions across levels of governance (vertical dimension) and across governing modes in the selected policy fields (horizontal dimensions), we have sketched four ideal-type scenarios (bounded, loose, tight, and collective coordination) of how those governance modes could impact on multi-level governance. We expected that the new legal provisions on 'hard' (fiscal policy) and 'soft' (employment policy) coordination would act together with pre-existing central institutions to result not only in a 'ratchet effect' or a 'locking in' of the new status quo, but also in an further expansion of rule application, leading to deeper integration through Treaty amendments.

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