The Theory of Multi-level Governance: Conceptual, Empirical, and Normative Challenges

Hardcover | March 25, 2010

bySimona Piattoni

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This book explores the theoretical issues, empirical evidence, and normative debates elicited by the concept of multi-level governance (MLG). The concept is a useful descriptor of decision-making processes that involve the simultaneous mobilization of public authorities at differentjurisdictional levels as well as that of non-governmental organizations and social movements. It has become increasingly relevant with the weakening of territorial state power and effectiveness and the increase in international interdependencies which serve to undermine conventional governmentalprocesses. This book moves towards the construction of a theory of multi-level governance by defining the analytical contours of this concept, identifying the processes that can uniquely be denoted by it, and discussing the normative issues that are raised by its diffusion, particularly in theEuropean Union. It is divided into three parts, each meeting a specific challenge - theoretical, empirical, normative. It focuses on three analytical dimensions: multi-level governance as political mobilization (politics), as authoritative decision-making (policy), and as state restructuring (polity). Three policyareas are investigated in vindicating the usefulness of MLG as a theoretical and empirical concept - cohesion, environment, higher education - with particular reference to two member-states: the UK and Germany. Finally, both the input and output legitimacy of multi-level governance decisions andarrangements and its contribution to EU democracy are discussed. As a loosely-coupled policy-making arrangement, MLG is sufficiently structured to secure coordination among public and private actors at different jurisdictional levels, yet sufficiently flexible to avoid "joint decision traps". Thisbalance is obtained at the cost of increasingly blurred boundaries between public and private actors and a change in the established hierarchies between territorial jurisdictions.

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This book explores the theoretical issues, empirical evidence, and normative debates elicited by the concept of multi-level governance (MLG). The concept is a useful descriptor of decision-making processes that involve the simultaneous mobilization of public authorities at differentjurisdictional levels as well as that of non-governmen...

Simona Piattoni is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Trento, Italy, where she teaches Comparative Politics, European Politics and Local Government. She previously taught at the University of Tromso (Norway) and has been visiting scholar at the European University Institute, the Max-Planck Institut fur Gesel...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:March 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019956292X

ISBN - 13:9780199562923

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Table of Contents

PrefaceIntroductionPart I - The Theoretical Challenge1. Conceptual Analysis2. Center vs Periphery3. Domestic vs International4. State vs SocietyPart II - The Empirical Challenge5. Empirical Analysis6. Cohesion Policy7. Environmental Policy8. Higher Education PolicyPart III - The Normative Challenge9. The Normative Challenge10. Input Legitimacy11. Output Legitimacy12. DemocracyConclusionBibliography