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The NEWGOV Integrated Project examined the transformation of governance in Europe (and beyond) by mapping, evaluating and analysing the emergence, execution, and evolution of what we referred to as 'New Modes of Governance' (NMG). By new modes of governance we meant the range of innovation and transformation that has been and continues to occur in the instruments, methods, modes and systems of governance in contemporary polities and economies, and especially within the European Union (EU) and its member states.

The precise scientific objectives of NEWGOV were pursued within four different clusters, each of which contained a set of inter-linked projects. The four clusters were dedicated, respectively, to 'emergence, evolution and evaluation', 'delegation, hierarchy and accountability', 'effectiveness, capacity and legitimacy', and 'learning, experimental governance, and reform'. Within these clusters there was a total of 24 projects which covered topics such as 'capacity building and the OMC' and 'arguing and persuasion in EU governance' in cluster 1, 'regulatory agencies and network governance', 'governance and the EU securities sector' and 'European public services regulation' in cluster 2, 'new forms of governance and eastern enlargement', 'the domestic impact of European law' and 'new modes of governance in relations with non-member states' in cluster 3, and 'varieties of capitalism and economic governance in CE Europe', 'new corporate governance regimes' and 'distributive politics, learning and reform' in cluster 4. The clusters and the projects were accompanied by two transversal task forces, one on 'legal issues', the other on issues of 'legitimacy and democracy' which made inputs across the Integrated Project. Joint activities across the consortium as a whole included workshops, conferences, the mutual exchange and cross-fertilisation of ideas, information, and data, and through research training conducted in two summer schools.

Our pan-European research consortium engaged political scientists, economists, lawyers, sociologists, and practitioners to collect data on and to map and analyse innovations and transformations in the instruments, modes, and systems of governance operating at the multiple levels and arenas of the still evolving and enlarging European polity and economy. Of particular interest were the ways in which these innovative mechanisms and practices relate to each other (both horizontally and vertically); how they relate to 'old methods' of governance; and what their implications are both for the effectiveness and efficiency of policy making, as well as the normative and democratic nature (accountability, participation and citizenship - and thus legitimacy) of the EU. In terms of instruments and modes of governance, we investigated new forms of multi-level partnership, deliberation and networks, as well as innovations in systems of socio-economic governance, producing new knowledge on how they have developed in different policy sectors; how their implementation and use has differed across the older and more recent Member States; and how they are articulated at the local, regional, national, European, and global levels.

The NEWGOV consortium contributed to the creation of a European Research Area in the social sciences and humanities by shaping a new European-level research agenda; by integrating previously dispersed researchers within a coherent, pan-European whole; and by creating novel training activities and networks between researchers and policy practitioners; and providing for outreach to, and participation by, the wider research community.

Further information can be found in the scientific objectives document (version 4, June 2006) and in the 'research' section of this site.

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