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Types of Multi-Level Governance

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  • Hooghe, Liesbet
  • Marks, Gary
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    The reallocation of authority upwards, downwards, and sideways from central states has drawn attention from a growing number of scholars in the social sciences. Yet beyond the bedrock agreement that governance has become (and should be) multi-level, there is no convergence about how it should be organized. This paper draws on various literatures in distinguishing two types of multi-level governance. One type conceives of dispersion of authority to multi-task, territorially mutually exclusive jurisdictions in a relatively stable system with limited jurisdictional levels and a limited number of units. A second type of governance pictures specialized, territorially overlapping jurisdictions in a relatively flexible, non-tiered system with a large number of jurisdictions. We find that both types co-exist in different locations, and we explain some facets of this co-existence.

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    Article provided by European Community Studies Association Austria (ECSA-A) in its journal European Integration online Papers (EIoP).

    Volume (Year): 5 (2001)
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    Handle: RePEc:erp:eiopxx:p0071

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    Keywords: constitutional change; differentiated integration; Europeanization; federalism; fiscal federalism; governance; identity; international relations; joint decision making; multilevel governance; neo-institutionalism; path dependence; regions; state building; political science;

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    1. Cristina Ares Castro-Conde, 2008. "La dimensión regional de la UE y el proceso de debate sobre el futuro de Europa," Revista de Estudios Regionales, Universidades Públicas de Andalucía, vol. 1, pages 149-170.

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