This edited volume provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse and multi-faceted research on governance in multilevel systems. The book features a collection of cutting-edge trans-Atlantic contributions, covering topics such as federalism, decentralization as well as various forms and processes of regionalization and Europeanization. While the field of multilevel governance is comparatively young, research in the subject has also come of age as considerable theoretical, conceptual and empirical advances have been achieved since the first influential works were published in the early noughties. The present volume aims to gauge the state-of-the-art in the different research areas as it brings together a selection of original contributions that are united by a variety of configurations, dynamics and mechanisms related to governing in multilevel systems.
About the Author
Nathalie Behnke is Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at the Institute for Political Science, TU Darmstadt, Germany.
Jörg Broschek is Canada Research Chair in Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance and Associate Professor of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.
Jared Sonnicksen is Senior Researcher at the Institute for Political Science, TU Darmstadt, Germany.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: the Relevance of Studying Multilevel Governance
Nathalie Behnke, Jörg Broschek and Jared Sonnicksen
Part I: Government, Governance and the State – Varied Modes of Coordination in policy-making
2. Transformation of the State and Multilevel Governance
3. How Bureaucratic Networks Make Intergovernmental Relations Work: A Mechanism Perspective
4. ‘Governance Fatigue’ in Public Administration Discourse
5. Cooperative Administration in Multilevel Governance Analysis: Incorporating Governance Mechanisms into the Concept
Part II: Coping with Complexities: Governance in Multilevel Systems
6. Policy-Making as a Source of Change in Federalism: A Dynamic Approach
Dietmar Braun and Johanna Schnabel
7. National Parliaments as Multi-Arena-Players: A New Deliberative Role within the EU Multilevel System?
8. Intermediary Levels of Governance in Multilevel Systems. Exploring the Second Tier of Local Government from the Assessment of Laymen Politicians
9. Bridging the Gap between the Local and the Global Scale? Taming the Wicked Problem of Climate Change through Trans-Local Governance
10. Multilevel Coordination in EU Energy Policy: A New Type of “Harder” Soft Governance?
11. Soft Law Implementation in the EU Multilevel System: Legitimacy and Governance Efficiency Revisited
Part III: Federalism and Democracy
12. The Ambivalence of Federalism and Democracy: The Challenging Case of Authoritarianism – with Evidence from the Russian Case
13. Popular Federalism for a Compound Polity? The Federalism of the Antifederalists and Implications for Multilevel Governance
Dirk Jörke and Jared Sonnicksen
14. Multilevel Democracy: A Comparative Perspective
15. On Cross-Level Responsiveness in Multilevel Politics: A Comparison of Airport Expansions in Germany, Switzerland and the UK
16. Demoi-cracy: A Useful Framework for Theorizing the Democratization of Multilevel Governance?
Achim Hurrelmann and Joan DeBardeleben
17. Extending the Coupling Concept: Slack, Agency and Fields
John Erik Fossum
Part IV: Explaining Dynamics in Multilevel Systems
18. The Evolution of Legislative Power-sharing in the EU Multilevel System
Katharina Holzinger and Jan Biesenbender
19. Hidden Power Shifts: Multilevel Governance and Interstitial Institutional Change in Europe
20. Sub-Federal State-Building and the Origins of Federalism: A Comparison of Austria, Germany and Switzerland
21. Conclusion: Governing under the Condition of Complexity
What People are Saying About This
“Multilevel governance has become a sharp lens for explaining governance in complex modern societies. Arthur Benz’ pioneering research has profoundly shaped scholarly thinking on governing across scale, its dynamics, its vices and its virtues. In this book, a stellar cast of scholars builds on Benz’ work to think out of the box. The result is a collection of original, reflective, and inspiring essays on multilevel governance.” (Liesbet Hooghe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
“It was Arthur Benz who first preformulated multilevel governance as an analytical prism offering new insights into the institutional and procedural dynamic of non-unitary political systems beyond the classical federal state. This book by his students and colleagues demonstrates not only the enormous bandwidth of fruitful research that the multilevel governance approach brought on its way, but also the enduring quality of Benz’s multifaceted contributions that inspired it.” (Thomas Hueglin, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada)
“A distinguished group of scholars have contributed to a remarkable edited volume on democratic governance in multilevel systems. Without ever minimzing the still unresolved issues, the volume traces the theoretical and empirical terrain covered so far and stimulates further reflection on the dynamic complexity of multilevel systems. Configurations, Dynamics and Mechanisms of Multilevel Governance is definitely "another book on multilevel governance" worth reading.” (Simona Piattoni, University of Trento, Italy)