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Ian Bache and Matthew Flinders

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199259250

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199259259.001.0001

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Multi-level Governance and Multi-level Metagovernance

Multi-level Governance and Multi-level Metagovernance

Changes in the European Union as Integral Moments in the Transformation and Reorientation of Contemporary Statehood

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Multi-level Governance


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Bob Jessop seeks to criticize the ‘principal theoretical approaches to EU government and/or governance from the viewpoint of a strategic‐relational approach to the state’. In particular, Jessop considers the rival approaches for understanding multi‐level governance in the EU that can be conceptualized as ‘state‐centric’ and ‘simple governance’ perspectives. The failure of these approaches leads him to propose an alternative account ‘in terms of the strategic selectivity of the state as a social relation, issues of governance failure, meta governance, and meta governance failure’. From this critique, Jessop suggests that what we are perhaps witnessing is the ‘re‐scaling of the sovereign state or the emergence of just one more arena in which national states pursue national interests’.

Keywords:   governance, governance failure, meta‐governance, multi‐level governance, sovereignty, state, strategic‐relational

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