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Edited by Henrik Enderlein, Sonja Wälti and Michael Zürn
Michael Zürn, Sonja Wälti and Henrik Enderlein1 I.1 INTRODUCTION Scholarship on multi-level governance has developed into one of the most innovative themes of research in political science and public policy. From 2000 to 2009, multi-level governance has been a central topic of 150 articles in academic journals, with a steady 15 to 20 articles coming out every year.2 Striking is how research on multi-level governance has broadened over time and spilled over into many different substantive areas. While seven journals featured articles on multi-level governance in 2000, publications about multi-level governance appeared in 15 different journals in 2009, many of which report on different policy fields such as planning and the environment. Aside from scholarship on European integration, the multi-level governance vocabulary has spread to subfields such as comparative politics, international relations, public policy, political economy, public administration and normative political theory. Multilevel governance has helped scholars of vastly different research traditions; methodological foci, policy interests and geographic specializations develop strikingly similar concepts when researching phenomena beyond the centralized territorial state. Although often labeled differently, their contributions have produced similar insights which point to an interplay between institutions that are differentiated in a functional (as opposed to segmented) fashion. As a result, multi-level governance has contributed to reconnecting somewhat autonomous subfields in political science. This Handbook takes stock of the vast array of multi-level governance theory and research developed in the subfields of political science and public policy. We have asked the contributors to report on the ways...