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NEWGOV Research

The work of the project was organised into four different clusters each of which contained a set of inter-linked component projects and placed a particular emphasis on one or two of the “four E” questions of Emergence, Execution, Evaluation and Evolution elaborated above. At the same time, each had clear links to and overlapped with other clusters, creating an integrated structure across the consortium as a whole. The theme of Externalities ran across the clusters. The clusters were as follows:

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The precise scientific objectives were being pursued within the four clusters, within a common framework developed for each by the cluster leaders, forging a common research and seeking synergies between each cluster’s component projects. Joint activity across the consortium as a whole was achieved via input from the NEWGOV steering committee and through consortium level activity in the form of workshops, conferences, mutual exchange and cross-fertilisation of ideas, information and data (through structured communications organised by the steering committee) and summer schools. Two task forces, one on ‘legal issues’, the other on issues of ‘legitimacy and democracy’, interacted with participants across the entire consortium, feeding research material into the subject areas of the clusters and their component projects. Each cluster focused from its own particular perspective on the key issues of Priority 7 Research Area 5 - Articulation of Areas of Responsibility and New Forms of Governance -- ‘Multilevel governance, democracy and new policy instruments’ as set out in the following paragraph:

The objective is to integrate the wealth of research ongoing in the field of democracy and multilevel governance undertaken by various research communities from different countries, regions and disciplines. The work will aim to provide a synthesis of theories of multilevel governance and their relations with theories of democracy as well as improved capacities for comparative analyses for different policy sectors and articulation of responsibilities in their governance. Such articulation - from local to regional, national, European and global - should take into account the changing roles of public and private sectors and partnerships and address issues of participation, legitimacy and democratic scrutiny. Specific issues to be addressed include the assessments of 'hard' and 'soft' policy instruments and law (e.g. in areas such as risk regulation, new pillars as compared to traditional Community policies), interpretations of subsidiarity, checks and balances.

These issues were addressed across the NEWGOV consortium’s research clusters. Each cluster strived to achieve a multidisciplinary perspective, combining the insights of political science, law, sociology and economics, integrating where possible research on all parts of Europe , including the acceding member states.


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