Governance, Territoriality and Europeanisation – Whither Welfare Regimes

The purpose of the project is to improve understanding of the reshaping of con­tem­porary democracy in view of the shifting of boundaries and open questions with regard to the scale of democracy, the scope of state involvement in policy regulation and the mode of government of democratic systems.

With scale of democracy we refer to the level at which democracy can function. Historically the nation-state has been the repository and guarantor of democracy, this would appear to no longer be the case. Scope taps on the extent of involvement of the state in the provision of services traditionally thought as relevant – directly or indirectly – for basic citizen rights. Mode of government refers to the way in which democratic systems operate in terms of procedures for decision-making, policy implementation and accountability and the positioning (fixed or flexible) of relevant actors.

Many practical policy issues are directly affected by consideration of the level at which agendas could or should be set, decisions made, and choices implemented; the extent to which decision procedures can or should frame policy; and the ways in which democracy can be operational­ised in particular cases.

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Publication: Andreas Follesdal, Liana Giorgi & Richard Heuberger. 2007. Envisioning European Solidarity between Welfare Ideologies and the European Social Agenda. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, Volume 20, Issue 1