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Epistemic communities, European Union governance and the public voice

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Anthony Zito


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This article presents a theoretical examination of the role that expert groups, particularly 'epistemic communities' and 'advocacy coalitions', play in the European Union (EU) process. It discusses the impact such groups have on EU policy outputs and on the input of the EU population as a whole in this system. In order to gauge this impact, the article examines the different modes of governance that exist in the EU and assesses the contribution of expert groups. The article contends that EU governance requires an elaboration of the public's role and offers some suggestions for improving the EU system.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Zito AR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Science and Public Policy

Year: 2001

Volume: 28

Issue: 6

Pages: 465-476

ISSN (print): 0302-3427

ISSN (electronic): 1471-5430

Publisher: Beech Tree Publishing


DOI: 10.3152/147154301781781183


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