This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.

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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