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Book presentation - Experimentalist Governance: From Architectures to Outcomes

Add to calendar 2024-02-09 15:00 2024-02-09 16:30 Europe/Rome Book presentation - Experimentalist Governance: From Architectures to Outcomes Hannah Arendt Room Buontalenti - Casino Mediceo YYYY-MM-DD


09 February 2024

15:00 - 16:30 CET


Hannah Arendt Room

Buontalenti - Casino Mediceo

What does non-hierarchical governance mean? Under what conditions are actors likely to engage in it? Which trajectory best captures its long-term evolution? Through which mechanisms does it overcome gridlock? We are delighted to welcome author of the book, Bernardo Rangoni, to respond to and discuss these questions.

To respond to these questions at the heart of regulatory governance, Experimentalist Governance develops an analytical framework that draws on contemporary debates but seeks to overcome their limitations. Notably, it offers a definition of non-hierarchical (experimentalist) governance that goes beyond institutional structures, focusing attention on actors' choices and strategies. It shows that, contrary to expectations, functional and political pressures were more influential than distributions of legal power, and bolstered one another. Strong functional demands and political opposition influence actors' capacity of using powers which, de jure, might be concentrated in their own hands. Indeed, actors can use non-hierarchical governance to aid learning and mould political support. Conversely, they may override legal constraints and impose their views on others, insofar as they are equipped with confidence and powerful coalitions beforehand. This book also challenges conservative views that non-hierarchical governance is doomed to wither away, showing that, on the contrary, it is often resilient. Finally, it demonstrates that, far from being alternatives, positive (shadow-of-hierarchy) and negative (penalty-default) mechanisms to avoid gridlock are frequently complementary.

By analysing five crucial domains (electricity, gas, communications, finance, and pharmaceuticals) in the European Union, an examination is made of when, how, and why non-hierarchical institutions affect policy processes and outcomes. Combining temporal, cross-sectoral, and within-case comparisons with process-tracing, this book ultimately illustrates the conditions, trajectories, and mechanisms of non-hierarchical governance.

Intended contributions: 

  • Provide a timely examination of five growingly crucial policy domains — electricity, natural gas, communications, finance, and pharmaceuticals
  • Relate to key debates in regulatory governance, itself an inter- and multi-disciplinary field stemming from law, public administration, and political science
  • Offer a novel analytical framework that is valuable for studying the influence of non-hierarchical institutional structures on actual policy processes and policy outcomes

The event will take place in hybrid format at the STG premises in Palazzo Buontalenti. All are welcome to attend. Please register, indicating whether you intend to attend online or in person.


Bernardo Rangoni (Senior Lecturer of the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of York; Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the University of Antwerp; Visiting Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies EUI)

Scientific Organiser(s):

School of Transnational Governance


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