Extending Experimentalist Governance? The EU and Transnational Regulation

UVALecture Prof. Jonathan Zeitlin, Architecture Dialogue Series, University of Amsterdam, 2 March 2015, 16:00 – 17:30.

Using an in-depth analyses of recent developments across a series of key policy domains, Professor Zeitlin will address questions about the external dimension of EU experimentalist governance and its relationship to broader trends in transnational regulation.

This presentation takes as its point of departure three observations about the current state of transnational regulation within and beyond the EU:

  • Across a wide and expanding range of policy fields, the EU has developed over the past 15 years a new architecture of experimentalist governance based on framework rule making and revision through recursive review of implementation experience in diverse local contexts.
  • Through a variety of institutional mechanisms and channels, the EU is actively seeking to extend its own internal rules, norms, standards, and governance processes beyond the Union’s borders to third countries and the wider world.
  • In a number of major issue-areas, experimentalist regimes with similar architectural features to those within the EU appear to be developing on a global or transnational scale.

Based on the results of a comparative interdisciplinary research project covering a series of key policy domains, the presentation will analyse the relationship between these three contemporaneous trends, and assess their consequences for the EU’s evolving role in transnational regulation.

The Speaker

Jonathan Zeitlin is Distinguished Faculty Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Amsterdam and Scientific Director of the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies (ACCESS EUROPE). He has published widely on EU and transnational governance, including Experimentalist Governance in the European Union (co-edited with Charles Sabel, Oxford University Press, 2010); ‘Pragmatic Transnationalism: Governing across Borders in the Global Economy’, Socio-Economic Review (2011); and ‘Assembling an Experimentalist Regime: Transnational Governance Interactions in the Forest Sector’ (co-authored with Christine Overdevest), Regulation & Governance (2014). The edited book on which this presentation is based will be published by Oxford University Press later this year.

Please visit the University of Amsterdam website for more information and registration.