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The Legal Mind of the Internal Market: A Governmentality Perspective on the Judicialization of Monitoring Practices
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Södertörn University College, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Journal of Common Market Studies, ISSN 0021-9886, E-ISSN 1468-5965, Vol. 52, no 3, 461-478 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The purpose of this article is to contribute to the understanding of the broader effects of monitoring practices in the European Union. The empirical setting is Solvit, a Commission-initiated network tasked with informal resolution of misapplications of internal market directives by national authorities. All Member States must operate a Solvit centre within their administrations. Using a governmentality approach, the article investigates the normative underpinnings of the technologies deployed by Solvit and the experts which operate them. A survey study of the Solvit network shows the development of an EU identity and a cognitive judicialization which contributes to a depoliticization of issues. This allows Solvit to expand its remit from ex post monitoring to ex ante regulation. While a governance instrument can be designed for a delimited task, a governmentality approach highlights more general mechanisms by which such an instrument's influence and reach may be extended beyond its modest appearances.

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2014. Vol. 52, no 3, 461-478 p.
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Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-103262DOI: 10.1111/jcms.12110ISI: 000333990400002OAI: diva2:719364


Available from: 2014-05-23 Created: 2014-05-12 Last updated: 2014-05-23Bibliographically approved

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