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The Theory of Multi-level GovernanceConceptual, Empirical, and Normative Challenges$
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Simona Piattoni

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199562923

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199562923.001.0001

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The Theory of Multi-level Governance

Simona Piattoni (Contributor Webpage)

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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.

Keywords:   state sovereignty, analytical axes, politics, policy, polity

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