Regionalism and Multi-Level Governance
Full course description
This course explores complex forms of governance in which a variety of state and non-state actors in different jurisdictions cooperate for public policy provision. Students will investigate new types of complex policy challenges and the range of institutional shapes that multi-level governance can take to address them. They will study the effects of different multi-level governance design solutions on policy practice and outcomes, and the toolbox available to policymakers to facilitate collaboration. Additionally, the course will address the issues of legitimacy and democratic accountability of multi-level governance. Students will analyse multi-level governance by applying the existing theoretical approaches and analytical models to original case studies developed individually and in teams. Throughout classes and assignments, academic perspectives will be combined with applied policy approaches to advance the course participants’ skills and competences in critical policy analysis from the governance perspective.
In this course, students will learn to understand, assess, and make informed choices regarding the design of complex governance arrangements. By the end of the course, students should be able to identify, map and analyse multi-level governance design by applying appropriate conceptual and analytical frameworks; explain the outcomes of multi-level governance; and develop and execute policy-relevant and academic research on multi-level governance.