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Modes of external governance: a cross-national and cross-sectoral comparison

Sandra Lavenex, Dirk Lehmkuhl & Nicole Wichmann

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abstract Contrary to the vast majority of studies that try to characterize EU external governance by looking at the macro-structures of association relations, our comparative analysis shows that overarching foreign policy initiatives such as the EEA, Swiss-EU bilateralism or the ENP have little impact on the modes in which the EU seeks to expand its policy boundaries in individual sectors. In contrast, modes of external governance follow sectoral dynamics which are astonishingly stable across countries. These findings highlight the importance of institutional path-dependencies in projecting governance modes from the internal to the external constellation, and question the capacity to steer these functionalist patterns of external governance through rationally planned foreign policy initiatives.
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Composite policy; environment policy; European neighbourhood policy; external governance; foreign policy; justice and home affairs; Norway; research policy; Switzerland; transport policy
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-9-2009
journal Journal of European Public Policy
publisher Routledge
number of issue 16(6)
page(s) 813-833
review not reviewed
   
citation Lavenex, S., Lehmkuhl, D., & Wichmann, N. (2009). Modes of external governance: a cross-national and cross-sectoral comparison. Journal of European Public Policy(16(6)), 813-833.