Mountain or Molehill?
A Critical Appraisal of the Commission
White Paper on Governance

- Brussels, 25.7.2001, COM (2001) 428 -


Christian Joerges, EUI-Law Department (
Yves Meny, EUI-Robert Schuman Centre (
J.H.H.Weiler, Jean Monnet Center, NYU School of Law (Weiler@JeanMonnetProgram.Org)

Assoc. Editors

Inge Burgess / Chris Engert


For the European Commission's White Paper on Governance, please visit the EU Web site:

With our initiative we hope to contribute to the never ending debate on institutional reform and the more recent debate on reform of governance practices which the White Paper suggests or addresses.


Table of Contents



1. Fritz W. Scharpf
- European Governance: Common Concerns vs. the Challenge of Diversity, RTF Version

2. Mario Telò
- Combiner les instruments politiques en vue d'une gestion dynamique des diversités nationales, French, RTF Version

3. Paul Magnette
- European Governance and Civic Participation: Can the European Union be politicised?, RTF Version

4. Neil Walker
- The White Paper in Constitutional Context, RTF Version

5. Christoph Möllers
- Policy, Politics oder Politische Theorie?, German, RTF Version
- Policy, Politics or Political Theory?, English, RTF Version

6. Erik O. Eriksen
- Governance or Democracy? The White Paper on European Governance, RTF Version

7. Adrienne Héritier
- The White Paper on European Governance: A Response to Shifting Weights in Interinstitutional Decision-Making, RTF Version

8. Philippe Schmitter
- What is there to legitimize in the European Union ... And how might this be accomplished?, RTF Version

9. David M. Trubek and James Mosher
- New Governance, EU Employment Policy, and the European Social Model, RTF Version

10. Kenneth A. Armstrong
- Civil Society and the White Paper - Bridging or Jumping the Gaps?, RTF Version

11. Christian Joerges
- "Ökonomisches Gesetz" - "Technische Realisation" - "Stunde der Exekutive": Rechtshistorische Anmerkungen zum Weißbuch der Kommission, German, RTF Version
- "Economic order" - "Technical realization" - "the hour of the executive": some legal historical observations on the Commission White Paper on European governance, English, RTF Version

12. Deirdre Curtin
- The Commission as Sorcerer's Apprentice? Reflections on EU Public Administration and the Role of Information Technology in Holding Bureaucracy Accountable, RTF Version

13. Jo Shaw
- European Union governance and the question of gender: a critical comment, RTF Version

14. Philipp Steinberg
- Governance und Parteien - Politisierung als Möglichkeit größerer bürgerschaftlicher Identifikation ein Kommentar zum Weißbuch Europäisches Regieren, German, RTF Version
- Agencies, Co-Regulation and Comitology - and what about politics ? a critical appraisal of the Commission's White Paper on Governance, English, RTF Version

15. Beate Kohler-Koch
- The Commission White Paper and the Improvement of European Governance, RTF Version

16. Marlene Wind
- The Commission White Paper Bridging the Gap between the Governed and the Governing?, RTF Version

17. Neil MacCormick
- A Comment on the Governance Paper, RTF Version

18. J.H.H.Weiler
- The Commission as Euro-Skeptic: A Task Oriented Commission for a Project-Based Union, RTF Version


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