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Coping with Power Dispersion

Autonomy, Co-ordination and Control in Multi-Level Systems, 1st Edition

Edited by Mads Dagnis Jensen, Christel Koop, Michaël Tatham


154 pages

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The last decades have witnessed a significant shift in policy competencies away from central governments in Europe. The reallocation of competencies spans over three dimensions: upwards, sideways, and downwards. This collection takes the dispersion of powers as a starting point and seeks to assess how the actors involved cope with the new configurations. Chapters discuss the conceptualization of power dispersion and highlight the ways in which we add to this research agenda. Some general conclusions are also outlined, indicating future avenues of research. Taken together, the collection contributes answers to the challenge of defining and measuring – in a comparative way – the control and co-ordination mechanisms which power dispersion generates. In sum, the collection explores the tension between political actors' quest for autonomy and the acknowledgement of their interdependence whilst revealing how, as power dispersion deepens, central governments have sought to both manage and limit it. This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of European Public Policy.

Table of Contents

1. Coping with power dispersion? Autonomy, co-ordination and control in multilevel systems

Mads Dagnis Jensen, Christel Koop and Michaël Tatham

2. On the path to differentiation: upward transfer, logic of variation and sub-optimality in EU social policy

Dorte Sindbjerg Martinsen and Ayca Uygur Wessel

3. Negotiating the morass: measuring and explaining variation in co-ordination mechanisms in the European Union

Mads Dagnis Jensen

4. Network governance and the domestic adoption of soft rules

Martino Maggetti and Fabrizio Gilardi

5. Exploring the co-ordination of economic regulation

Christel Koop and Martin Lodge

6. Controlling bureaucracies with fire alarms: policy instruments and cross-country patterns

Alessia Damonte, Claire A. Dunlop and Claudio M. Radaelli

7. Regional policy variation in Germany: the diversity of living conditions in a ‘unitary federal state’

Charlie Jeffery, Niccole M. Pamphilis, Carolyn Rowe and Ed Turner

8. Competence ring-fencing from below? The drivers of regional demands for control over upwards dispersion

Michaël Tatham and Michael W. Bauer

About the Editors

Mads Dagnis Jensen is Associate Professor in the Department of Society and Globalisation at Roskilde University, Denmark.

Christel Koop is Lecturer at the Department of Political Economy, King’s College London, UK.

Michaël Tatham is Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen, Norway.

About the Series

Journal of European Public Policy Series

This series seeks to bring together some of the finest edited works on European Public Policy. Reprinting from Special Issues of the Journal of European Public Policy, the focus is on using a wide range of social sciences approaches, both qualitative and quantitative, to gain a comprehensive and definitive understanding of Public Policy in Europe.

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