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Transparency and Multi-Layered Governance

Democracy
European Union
Federalism
Governance
P452
Ewoud Lauwerier
Université de Lausanne
Johanna Schnabel
University of Kent
Ewoud Lauwerier
Université de Lausanne

Saturday 16:00 - 17:40 (10/09/2016)

Building: Faculty of Arts Floor: 2 Room: FA217

Abstract

Transparency is often seen as conflicting with the consociational type of government since expectations of openness and visibility are difficult to reconcile with a continuous search for trust, compromise and consensus. The pay-off of consociationalism – stability in a context of high social fragmentation – thus seems to imply that transparency has to be sacrificed. As compromise, consensus and a search for mutual trust are also essential features of multi-layered governance where various public authorities and private actors at several territorial and institutional levels interact, similar problems can be expected. Just as under consociationalism, decision-making procedures under these forms of governance are often complex and opaque. Although complexity and opaqueness of decision-making procedures could be considered to facilitate the search for compromise, they limit transparency. But, as absence of transparency undermines democratic control by the people or parliament, an interlinked question ultimately relates to the democratic legitimacy of such multi-layered governance systems. This panel addresses questions of transparency under multi-layered forms of governance (whether regional, national, international or transnational). Contributions – both theoretical and empirical – are welcome that deal, among others, with questions of transparency in federal states, EU-politics, development cooperation, international regulatory regimes or trade negotiations.

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