Previous Chapter Chapter 49: Multi-Level Governance: What it is and How it Can Be Studied

Andy Smith

In: Handbook of Public Administration

Chapter 49: Multi-Level Governance: What it is and How it Can Be Studied

Edited by: B. Guy Peters & Jon Pierre

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781848608214.n50

Subject: Public Administration (general)

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Multi-Level Governance: What it is and How it Can Be Studied
Multi-level governance: What it is and how it can be studied

In many parts of the world, and in Western Europe in particular, politics today is marked by growing uncertainties over boundaries and frontiers between levels and entities of government. This uncertainty is linked both to new ‘public problems’ associated with the regulation of increasingly interdependent economies but also to the institutional ‘solutions’ that have been set up, at least in part, to deal with them: the European Union, decentralization in France, devolution in the United Kingdom, ‘autonomous communities in Spain’, etc.

Within both political science and public administration, a considerable amount of research has now been devoted to discovering the origins and effects of this ...

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