Multi-Level Governance in the European Union

Ian Bache

in The Oxford Handbook of Governance

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560530
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 Multi-Level Governance in the European Union

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This article discusses the characteristics of the multi-level governance (MLG) in the European Union (EU). It explains that MLG originated in the 1980s and that Gary Marks was the first to use this term to capture developments in EU cohesion policy. The article suggests that MLG has made a significant contribution to understanding the nature of governance in the EU by directing attention to increasingly complex relations between actors from different sectors organized at different territorial levels, and by raising important questions about the mechanisms, strategies, and tactics through which decisions are made in contemporary politics, and about their implications for democratic accountability.

Keywords: multi-level governance; European Union; Gary Marks; cohesion policy; contemporary politics; democratic accountability

Article.  5939 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; European Union ; Comparative Politics

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