Governance and Intergovernmental Relations in the European Union and the United States

Governance and Intergovernmental Relations in the European Union and the United States

Theoretical Perspectives

Edited by Edoardo Ongaro, Andrew Massey, Marc Holzer and Ellen Wayenberg

This book represents a major attempt to draw together two fundamental streams of research: intergovernmental relations and multi-level governance (MLG). Combining US and European schools of thought, this timely volume outlines key areas of convergence and divergence.

Chapter 6: The Changing Landscape of Intergovernmental Relations and Multi-level Governance in the United States

Deil S. Wright, Carl W. Stenberg III and Chung-Lae Cho

Subjects: politics and public policy, public policy, regulation and governance


Deil S. Wright, Carl W. Stenberg III, and Chung-Lae Cho INTRODUCTION The bulk of this chapter is derived from a larger exploration focused on the concepts of intergovernmental relations (IGR), a term of distinctly American origin. That analysis included an examination of the closely associated concepts of intergovernmental management (IGM) and federalism (FED). The longer essay (Wright et al. 2008) is one of several commissioned by Dr Richard Stillman, Editor-in-Chief of Pubic Administration Review, designated parts of the Public Administration Foundation Series. One aim of the longer essay was to analyze the character and understand the usage of IGR (as well as IGM and FED) appearing in Public Administration Review (PAR) from 1940 through 2007 (vols. 1–67). The subsequent tables appearing in this chapter therefore contain information and interpretations not only about IGR but also IGM and FED. Concept Usage in Public Administration Collaborative public management, managing across boundaries, leveraging networks, and governance through networking are a few of the currently connected concepts that characterize a near-tsunami wave speeding across the ocean of recent public administration literature. These novel and creative formulations describe, analyze, and prescribe complex modes of management for current practicing public administrators. In retrospect Rhodes (1996, p. 658) was prescient when he claimed that ‘governance is about managing networks’. 108 M2393 - ONGARO TEXT.indd 108 28/9/10 11:20:52 The changing landscape in the United States 109 The emphasis placed on governance, collaboration, and networking is expansively articulated in an array of journal symposia and books,...

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