1st Edition

Making Multilevel Public Management Work Stories of Success and Failure from Europe and North America

Edited By Denita Cepiku, David K. Jesuit, Ian Roberge Copyright 2013
    230 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Public management increasingly takes place in multilevel settings, since most countries are decentralized to one degree or another and most problems transcend and cut across administrative and geographical borders. A collaboration of scholars in the Transnational Initiative on Governance Research and Education (TIGRE Net), Making Multilevel Public Management Work: Stories of Success and Failure from Europe and North America brings together two strands of literature—multilevel governance and public management—and draws conclusions on practices of public management in multilevel governance settings.

    The book focuses on how to make multilevel public management work. Using an inductive logic, the editors study a particular case or a few selected cases, highlight lessons learned and implications, and identify trends and concerns. The book underscores factors essential to making multilevel public management work, namely coordination and collaboration, and new skills and leadership capacities. It discusses the pitfalls of creating networks instead of managing them and the importance of finding the right leadership skills, institutional design, and network management mechanisms to avoid deadlock and manage conflict effectively.

    Multilevel public management creates multiple opportunities and their accompanying challenges. By bringing together case studies in Europe and North America, this book identifies conditions for success and those under which such governance arrangements fail. Demonstrating the insights gained by the cross-fertilization of ideas, the book has also been strengthened by the participation of researchers from various disciplines, including public management, political science and international relations, economics, as well as administrative law. The interdisciplinary nature of the scholarship provides a complete and compelling portrait of multilevel public management as practiced and studied on two continents. The book opens the debate on what is needed to make it work

    Institutional and Legal Constraints
    A Network Approach to Asymmetric Federalism: The Italian Case Study, Denita Cepiku
    Emerging Issues in Italian Fiscal Federalism: The Case of Municipalities, Riccardo Mussari and Filippo Giordano
    Integrating User Voices into the European Financial Services Policy Process, Heather McKeen-Edwards
    Structuring the Game and Surmounting Obstacles: Case Studies from Europe in Multilevel Public Management, Elisa Scotti
    Policy Governance in Complex Multilevel Systems: Innovation Management in Canada, Charles Conteh

    Actors in Multilevel Public Management
    Politics over Policy: Multilevel Public Management of the Financial Services Sector in Canada, Ian Roberge
    Climate Change Adaptation and Multilevel Governance: Challenges to Policy Capacity in Canadian Finance, Russell Alan Williams
    Government Fragmentation and Emergency Planning: Findings from the 2009 Red River Flood and Its Aftermath, Nicholas Bauroth
    The Importance of Multilevel Governance Participation in the "Great Lakes Areas of Concern", Thomas J. Greitens, J. Cherie Strachan , and Craig S. Welton

    Conclusion: Contesting Multilevel Public Management
    Recasting and Reframing a Polymorphous Concept: A Sober Second Look at Multilevel Governance, Christian Rouillard and Geneviève Nadeau


    Denita Cepiku (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy) (Edited by) , David K. Jesuit (Central Michigan University, USA) (Edited by) , Ian Roberge (York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada) (Edited by)