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Reflexive Governance in the Public Interest

The research project focuses on emerging institutional mechanisms which seek to answer the question of market failures by means other than command-and-control regulation imposed in the name of the public interest. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to the debate on governance in the EU.
The network consists of five sub-networks; the BIM experts are involved in the sub-network “Fundamental Rights”. In the framework of this sub-network the BIM experts focused their research on questions concerning the policy field of anti-discrimination. National and EU-wide procedures, mechanisms and policies which existed and exist in the field of anti-discrimination and equal treatment were analysed. The aim was to arrive at a better understanding of what may have gone wrong and may be improved.
Besides comprehensive research and analysis of documents, the BIM experts conducted numerous interviews with experts working with different institutions and organisations at EU level. The preliminary results of the research were presented to selected experts in the framework of a working seminar in April 2008. Their views and perspectives were taken into account when finalising the study. The study titled “Reflexive Governance in the Public Interest: Anti-Discrimination” is available at:

Persons involved: 

Gesamtleitung des Subnetzwerkes: Olivier de Schutter (Université catholique de Louvain)
Österreichische Projektleitung: Manfred Nowak
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeit: Marta Hodasz, Katrin Wladasch, Barbara Liegl
ExpertInnen des Subnetzwerkes: Albert Andronico, Catherine Barnard, Gráinne de Búrca, Paul de Hert, Bart de Schutter, Olivier de Schutter, Simon Deakin, Serge Gutwirth, Rick Lawson, Antonio Lo Faro, Manfred Nowak, Veerle van den Eeckhout, Kees Waaldijk

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Université catholique de Louvain, BE
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European Commission – Directorate General Research, 6th Framework Programme
Anti-Discrimination, Diversity and Asylum