This topic explores the complexity of multi-level governance. It examines how the institutions of multi-level governance shape policy-making. It explores the philosophical underpinnings, evolution, and political landscapes of multi-level governance around the world (George Washington PPPA 6000), including federalism in Canada and the United States, and the supranational European Union.
Important elements include federal-provincial relations, municipal governance, and indigenous self-government. The concepts of New Public Governance and New Political Governance can also inform effective multi-level governance (Toronto PPG 1000H).
Particularly with supranational governments like the European Union, this topic examines legitimacy and leadership, future integration, and the international scope of democracy (Harvard DPI-431).
Topic Learning Outcome: Students will be able to clearly explain the major different types of multi-level governance, and will understand the advantages and challenges presented by multi-level governance arrangements.
Core Concepts associated with this Topic: Multi-Level Governance
Carleton PADM 5117 Public Sector Management and the Canadian Political System
Leo, Christopher. “Multi-Level Governance and Ideological Rigidity: The Failure of Deep Federalism,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 42:1 (2009), 93 - 116.
Toronto PPG 1000H Governance and Institutions
Herman Bakvis, Gerald Baier, and Douglas Brown. 2009. Contested Federalism: Certainty and Ambiguity in the Canadian Federation. Toronto: Oxford U.P.
Rocher, François and Miriam Smith. 2003. “The Four Dimensions of Canadian Federalism.” In New Trends in Canadian Federalism. 2nd ed. Eds. François Rocher and Miriam Smith. Peterborough: Broadview UP: 21-44.
Gibbons, Roger, Antonia Maioni and Janice Gross Stein. 2006. Canada by Picasso: The Faces of Federalism. Ottawa: The Conference Board of Canada. Essays by Gibbons and Stein. http://www.conferenceboard.ca/documents.aspx?did=1785
Papillon, Martin. 2009. “The (Re)Emergence of Aboriginal Governments.” In Canadian Politics. 5th ed. Eds. James Bickerton and Alain-G Gagnon. Toronto: Oxford UP: 179-196.
George Washington PPPA 6000 Cross-Sector Collaboration in the U.S. Federal System
Syllabus Section: Overview of the US federal structure
Kettl, D. (2006). Managing boundaries in American administration: The collaboration imperative. Public Administration Review, 66, 10-19.
Federalist No. 10: http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa10.htm
Federalist No. 51: http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa51.htm
Federalist No. 70: http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa70.htm
Anti-federalist paper No. 1 by Brutus: http://www.constitution.org/afp/brutus01.htm
Patrick Henry’s speech: http://www.constitution.org/rc/rat_va_13.htm#henry-12
Marbury v. Madison (1803)
McCulloch v. Maryland (1806)
Gibbons v. Ogden (1824)
Harvard DPI-431 Global Europe in the 21st Century: Democracy, Policy, and Governance
Syllabus Section: Intergovernmentalism at work: The Council of Ministers and the European Council
Lewis, Jeffrey. "The Council of the E.U. and the European Council." Chapter 11 in Michelle Cini et al. European Union Politics, Oxford U.P., 2013, fourth edition.
Lewis, Jeffrey. "Strategic Bargaining, Norms and Deliberation." Chapter 9 in D. Naurin and Hellen Wallace, Unveiling the Council of the European Union. Palgrave McMillan. 2010. pp. 165-184.
Wallace, Helen. "Exercising Power and Influence in the E.U.: The Role of Member States" in S. Boulmer and Christian Lequesne, The Member States of the European Union. Oxford University Press. 2005.
Sample Assessment Questions:
1.) What are supranational governance institutions? Please provide two examples.
2.) The European Union has been identified by some experts as representing a novel type of multi-level governance. Discuss these claims in a 1-2 page paper.
3.) What is the role of municipalities in Canadian multi-level governance arrangements? Discuss in a short 1-2 page paper that makes reference to the relationships between large municipal governments and the province in which they are located as well as the federal government.
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