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Record number 349081
Title The Inter-play between formal and informal practices
Author(s) Tatenhove, J.P.M. van; Mak, J.; Liefferink, J.D.
Source Perspectives on European Politics and Society 7 (2006)1. - ISSN 1570-5854 - p. 8 - 24.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/15705850600839470
Department(s) Environmental Policy
MGS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2006
Abstract This article deals with the interaction between formal and informal politics in the EU. First of all, it argues that the EU is a special setting for such interaction, as compared to other political systems, as a result of its speedy institutional development and multi-layered nature. Then, it briefly addresses new institutionalist and governance approaches to informality, as well as the strategic motivations behind informal practices. Four such strategies are distinguished. At the co-operative end of the spectrum informal practices may be intended either as a lubricant for applying existing rules or as an experimental garden for trying out new rules. More conflictual strategies may aim at re-directing policy substance or the application of existing rules (critical voice) or rather at circumventing those rules. On that basis, the article presents the `staging¿ of practices as a way to understand the interplay of formal and informal practices. Informality can take place in front stage settings where rules are pre-given or in backstage settings where rules are not pre-given, while at the same time these settings can be formally sanctioned or not. Besides formal front stage practices this may result in three types of informal practices: informal front stage practices, formally sanctioned backstage practices and `sub-politics¿
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