Action at what levels?

Having worked out what problems to focus on, and which mode of governance to apply, governors have to decide at which level to act. Here, the main choice is often presented as between acting locally -i.e. decentralization guided by the principle of subsidiarity- or at higher levels – e.g. regionally, nationally or internationally. There are several dilemmas buried away in this choice: greater local diversity may offer more opportunities for experimentation and bottom-up learning, but fewer opportunities for successfully implementing what is learned across space – a benefit corresponding to greater regulatory harmonization. Local decision-makers may have more direct access to information, but localism runs the risk of ‘capture’ by local interests. In practice, the choice between levels is seldom a binary one; action may be required at several levels simultaneously. And it may not be an entirely open choice – governors typically have a stronger legal competence, or prior preference, to act at some levels than others. Here conceptual questions about the politics of scale can be asked for example, but also papers discussing adaptation as a problem of multilevel governance can be proposed.

Papers per session

22 March 13:30-15:15 session

22 March 15:30-17:15 session

23 March 11:00-12:45 session

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