After the completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Describe and compare the concepts of transboundary and multilevel governance;
- Summarize and juxtapose various theories of transboundary and multilevel governance;
- Discuss the main developments and trends in transboundary and multilevel governance;
- Identify the governance challenges that are characteristic of transboundary and multilevel settings;
- Analyze such transboundary and multilevel governance challenges, using mainstream theories;
- Apply knowledge acquired on the way transboundary and multilevel governance work, in terms of both effectiveness and legitimacy, to concrete cases;
- Search for, select and process information needed to analyze concrete cases of transboundary and multilevel governance;
- Follow and take part in debates about transboundary and multilevel governance in academia and society, and to do so in an unprejudiced way and on the basis of knowledge and facts;
- Build, present and defend well-substantiated arguments about transboundary and multilevel governance and concrete cases thereof.
Grand societal challenges, such as climate change and the energy transition, transnational organized crime and its subversive effects, as well as migration and integration of refugees in our societies, are increasingly dealt which by complex networks of local, regional, national, international, supranational and even global actors and institutions. In this course, we analyze the relationships between these actors and institutions from the perspective of transboundary and multilevel governance. We describe and juxtapose the various concepts and theories of transnational and multilevel governance, in and outside of the EU, and identify some of the main developments and trends. We, for example, look at the implications for public governance of, on the one hand, the internationalization and deterritorialization of governance arrangements across the globe, and, on the other hand, the regionalization, decentralization and hybridization of such arrangements. In particular, we discuss the issues, dilemmas and challenges that arise in relation to the capacity, collaboration, effectiveness and legitimacy, autonomy and accountability, representation and participation as well as the sovereignty of contemporary governance arrangements.
The course is taught in English. The paper assignment is also in English.
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