Edited by Edoardo Ongaro, Andrew Massey, Marc Holzer and Ellen Wayenberg
This is an ambitious book stemming from a very rare opportunity: that of having had numerous scholars from both Europe and the United States who study intergovernmental relations and multi-level governance interact closely over three days in order to share their findings, integrate frames of analysis, and build bridges across streams of research distinct and often too distant. The conference, ‘The Fourth ASPA-EGPA Transatlantic Dialogue’ on the topic of ‘The Status of Intergovernmental Relations and Multi-level Governance in Europe and the US’, was held in Milan, Italy, at Bocconi University in June 2008. The book is ambitious for its scope: to examine the dynamics of intergovernmental relations and multi-level governance throughout all the phases of the public policy cycle – formulation, implementation, evaluation and performance improvement. The book is also ambitious for the breadth of the topics investigated, the multiplicity of the theoretical approaches, and the extension of data and empirical evidence its authors resort to – all deployed for the purpose of furthering the exploration of (1) the status of theories for explaining/ interpreting the dynamics of intergovernmental relations and multi-level governance and (2) their empirical developments in the public sectors on both sides of the Atlantic. This volume is to be read in an integrated way with the companion volume (Governance and Intergovernmental Relations in the European Union and the United States: Theoretical Perspectives, by the same editors and publisher), that explores intergovernmental relations and multi-level governance as interpretive frameworks, their evolution over the time (centuries for ‘American’ intergovernmental relations,...