Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

ACELG Seminar: 3 Waves of New Governance in European Social Law and Policy

Dr. Mark Dawson, Maastricht University

23Nov2010 12:00 - 13:00


Dr. Mark Dawson, Maastricht University Tuesday, 23 November, 13.00 - 14.00


The paper upon which this talk is based analyses the evolving relationship in the EU between "new governance" methods and law, arguing that this relationship can be seen in three distinct "waves" of activity. While the last few years has seen a relative decline in the level of academic and institutional interest in new governance processes, recent developments - such as the renewal of the Lisbon "2020" strategy, and accusations of "judicial activism" laid at the door of the European Courts - suggest a renewed role for new governance mechanisms. In this paper, I discuss the possibilty of a "third wave" of governance research based on interaction between the policy elaborating function of new governance and the procedural role of the European Courts in providing due process and other rights. This emerging third wave - and its limits - suggest an emerging research agenda for EU lawyers and political scientists based not on the opposition, but the complementarity, of new governance and legal institutions.


Mark Dawson is an Assistant Professor in European Law at the Department of International and European Law, Maastricht University. He completed his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence in 2009 on the topic ‘New Governance and the Proceduralisation of European Law: The Case of the Open Method of Coordination'. The book based on his PhD - New Governance and the Transformation of European Law - will be published by Cambridge University Press in Spring 2011.His principle areas of interest are in EU law and policy, in particular the use and development of soft modes of governance in the EU. He is also currently the Co-director of the faculty's Masters Programmes in International Laws, Globalisation and Law and European Law School.

Venue and registration

Venue: University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Law, room E 2.01
Time and Date: Tuesday, 23 November 2010, 13:00 - 14.00

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