This chapter argues that, in the current context of weakening state sovereignty, multi‐level governance is a useful descriptor of changes that take place on different analytical axes, each describing a different challenge to the national state. It further argues that, to become fully employable as a theory of political mobilization, policy‐making, and polity structuring, MLG needs to overcome three challenges: (1) a theoretical challenge that requires analysis and clarification of the concept of MLG; (2) an empirical challenge that establishes the realm of application of MLG and detects its causes and consequences; (3) a normative challenge that discusses the legitimacy of MLG arrangements and decisions. It concludes by describing the structure of the book.
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