Strong Demand, Huge Supply: Governance in an Emerging Epoch


in Multi-level Governance

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780199259250
Published online April 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780191600968 | DOI:
 Strong Demand, Huge Supply: Governance in an Emerging Epoch

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James Rosenau considers whether multi‐level governance can serve as a ‘prime mechanism’ to steer the tensions of ‘fragmegration’ in constructive directions. Fragmegration, a contraction of the terms ‘fragmentation’ and ‘integration’, refers to the ‘diverse and contradictory forces that can be summarized in the clash between globalization, centralization, and integration on the one hand and localization, decentralization and fragmentation on the other’. The process of fragmegration stimulates the need for new and relevant forms of governance. Rosenau suggests that the concept of multi‐level governance, while having many virtues, can be both ‘misleading and imprisoning’ and ‘does not allow for a full analysis of the complexity of the emergent political world. As such, Rosenau makes the case for the alterative conceptualization of ‘Spheres of Authority’.

Keywords: authority; fragmegration; fragmentation; global; governance; integration; mechanisms; multi‐level governance; spheres; steering

Chapter.  8190 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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