Unraveling the Central State, but How? Types of Multi-level Governance

2003 American Political Science Review  
The reallocation of authority upwards, downwards, and sideways from central states has drawn attention from a growing number of scholars in political science. Yet beyond agreement that governance has become (and should be) multi-level, there is no consensus about how it should be organized. This article draws on several literatures to distinguish two types of multi-level governance. One type conceives of dispersion of authority to general-purpose, non-intersecting, and durable jurisdictions. A
more » ... econd type of governance conceives of task-specific, intersecting, and flexible jurisdictions. We conclude by specifying the virtues of each type of governance. * For comments and advice we are grateful to
doi:10.1017/s0003055403000649 fatcat:aoq55ujdmjf5vn4peq6sknnbbq