5th ITEPE Conference

The ‘Turn to Governance’ and its Consequences The Recalibration of Statehood in Europe from the 1970s until Today

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 12:00 to Friday, October 21, 2016 - 16:00



The ‘Turn to Governance’ and its Consequences

The Recalibration of Statehood in Europe from the 1970s until Today

20-21 October 2016
Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School
Kilen, Kilevej 14, 2000 Frederiksberg. Room Ks.71
Background: From the 1970s to the first decade of the new millennium European nation states underwent
profound structural changes in the wake of what might be described as the ‘turn to governance’ or the shift
from ‘government to governance’. In the context of the end of the cold war, increased globalisation and
Europeanisation as well as profound technological developments, a number of core pillars of society in
relation to the exercise of state-based public power and its interactions with the rest of society were
seemingly altered.
On this background, the conference has a three-fold aim: Firstly, to historically re-examine the reasons for
the emergence and driving forces of the ‘turn to governance’. Secondly, to re-evaluate the actual impact on
European states and European societies more generally of the ‘turn to governance’. Thirdly, to critically
discuss the ‘governance paradigm’ and present reflections on possible scientific counter-paradigms and
potential reform strategies in relation to the functioning of public institutions and public/private relations in a
post-governance world.
Organisers: Poul F. Kjaer, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School and Tim
Holst Celik, Department of Business and Politics, Copenhagen Business School.
Sponsor: The European Research Council within the framework of the project ‘Institutional Transformation
in European Political Economy – A Socio-Legal Approach’ (ITEPE) hosted by the Department of Business
and Politics, Copenhagen Business School and is the 5th conference held within the ITEPE conference series
Registration: Mette Grue Nielsen: mgn.dbp@cbs.dk before Friday 14th October 2015
DAY 1: Thursday 20 October
12.00 – 13.00: Welcome and Lunch
Session I: Governance and Transnational Power structures
13.00 – 13.50: Neomedievalism Revisited: Endemic Crisis or Durable Disorder?
Philip G. Cerny (Rutgers University)
13.50 – 14.40: Governments and Governance: A class analysis
Gérard Duménil (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Paris)
14.40 – 15.00: Coffee Break
Session II: Diagnosing and Theorizing Governance
15.00 – 15.50: ‘Leviathan Calling’
Paul Du Gay (Copenhagen Business School)
15.50 – 16.40: Consequences of the turn to Governance for the Theory of Democracy
Helmut Willke (Zeppelin University)
16.40 - 17.30: Metamorphoses of the State: From Statism to Legally Constituted Public Power
Poul F. Kjaer (Copenhagen Business School)
17.30: End of day 1
DAY 2: Friday 12 December
9.00 – 9.20: Coffee
Session III: Legitimation and Neoliberalism in the Governance Period
9.20 – 10.10: From State to Government to Governance: Sketching the Dynamics of the State-Party Nexus
Tim Holst Celik (Copenhagen Business School).
10.10 – 11.00 The Birth of Governance from the Spirit of Neoliberalism?
Thomas Biebricher (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
11.00 – 11.20: Coffee Break
Session IV: Reforms and Regulations: Unemployment and Higher Education
11.20 – 12.10: The Evaluative State: Transnationalisation through the Backdoor?
Eva Hartmann (Copenhagen Business School)
12.10 – 13.00: Justifying and Criticizing the Governing of Unemployment: Unfolding a Plurality of
Magnus Paulsen Hansen (Copenhagen Business School)
13.00 – 14.00: Lunch break
Session V: The Consequences of Governance in the European South
14.00 – 14.50: The Turn to Governance and Cross Policy Coordination – Implications for Southern Europe
Oscar Molina (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
14.50 – 15.10: Coffee Break
15.10 – 16.00: The Governance Paradigm and its Blind Spots in the Western European Periphery
Isabel Kusche (Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies)
16.00: End of Conference
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