Call for Papers: Varieties of Subsidiarity: Deference and Defiance in Global Public Authority

julio 5, 2012

Call for Papers

Varieties of Subsidiarity: Deference and Defiance in Global Public Authority

Hertie School of Governance, European and Global Governance Cluster Workshop, 26 November 2012, Berlin

Global governance is more influential than ever, but it is also under ever greater challenge. It reaches deep into domestic politics and law in a growing number of issue areas, and public discourses increasingly reflect this fact. As a result, the relationship of different layers of law and politics has gained greater salience; as domestic contestation of global governance is growing, questions about the appropriate site of decision-making on issues with transboundary impact have become central.

One of the most common frames for these questions, both analytically and normatively, is the notion of ‘subsidiarity’. Although frequently used only in Europe, it may denote a broader patterns of conflicing relationships between levels of political authority. In this workshop, we aim to better understand the value of this notion as a guiding line as well as its uses and meanings in discourses about global governance in politics and law. In particular, we are interested in the ways in which practices of deference to, or defiance of, global governance reflect, implicitly or explicitly, understandings of the distribution of powers among different levels of authority and its guiding principles.

For the workshop, we invite papers on this general problematique, and in particular on the following questions:

– What factors – normative and otherwise – drive processes of deference and defiance? – What conceptions of subsidiarity are reflected in them? – What institutional mechanisms have evolved to process the distribution of tasks among levels of authority (as well as contestation about it)? – Is ‘subsidiarity’ a useful concept to understand and shape the relationship of different levels of authority in global governance? What limitations does it have?

In this endeavour, we expect significant variation in understandings of subsidiarity, both geographically and among issue areas. In order to capture this variation, we are particularly interested in papers that address processes beyond Europe, and especially in developing countries which are often most affected by global governance, but also often those to which least attention is paid. We also invite papers from all related disciplines, including political science, law, political theory, anthropology, and sociology.

The workshop builds on a previous workshop on ‘Global Governance as Public Authority’, held in Berlin in April 2011. It will gather around 20 scholars for an in-depth debate on the proposed topics at a day- long workshop on 26 November 2012. We will be happy to receive proposals from scholars at any level –PhD students at an advanced stage, postdoctoral and more senior researchers alike. Travel and accommodation expenses will be borne by the organizers. Papers discussed at the workshop should have 10-15 pp. and present a substantial argument about the issue without the need to be publication- ready. At the workshop, papers will not be presented individually but will be discussed by the organizers and by Michael Zürn (Science Center Berlin) and Joseph Weiler (NYU Law School) as well as by the conference participants.

Paper Application

Workshop Date and Venue


Abstracts (max 300 words) by 21 July 2012

Final Paper submission due by

11 November 2012

Research cluster website:

26 November 2012 European and Global Governance Cluster

Hertie School of Governance Berlin Hertie School of Governance

Quartier 110 – Friedrichstr. 180 10117 Berlin Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)30 – 259 219 – 334 Fax: +49 (0)30 – 259 219 -111

http://www.hertie-school.org/en/facultyandresearch/research-clusters/european-and-global- governance/

Please send your abstract (300 words maximum) to Christiane Kraft-Kasack (kasack@hertie-school.org) until 21 July 2012.

Markus Jachtenfuchs & Nico Krisch

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