Workshop 3: On Multilevel Governance
Workshop responsible: John Erik Fossum, ARENA
Multilevel governance (MLG) generally refers to a system of multiple levels with overlapping competencies and political interaction across levels, across the public-private, and across the national-international divide. The workshop will explore the notion of and the debate on multilevel governance from a wide range of different perspectives. Multilevel governance as the term is developed and used in the European setting refers to a system of structuring authority relations across territorial space and to a distinct mode of governing.
How does MLG figure in relation to other polity depictions such as federalism? If we compare MLG to federalism MLG as a matter of thinking about the structuring of authority relations increases the denotation (“the class of things to which the word applies”, Sartori 1970:1041) and the connotation (the range of properties involved). But if we think of MLG as a distinct mode of governance that greatly narrows the denotation and connotation of the term. What is then the best way of approaching MLG? How to think about MLG in relation to stateness? Is MLG a useful approach to conceptualising the EU? What normative-democratic issues does MLG bring up?
If you want to participate at this workshop, please contact John Erik Fossum.