IPA researcher Prof. Dr. Arthur Benz (TU Darmstadt) from the Research Unit project LINK will hold a lecture on 12 April 2016 at the ARENA Centre for European Studies in Oslo. The lecture will be part of a lecture series hosted by The Academic Research Network on Agencification of EU Executive Governance (TARN). Prof. Benz will discuss his paper “Linking European and national administration: a Public Administration approach to multilevel governance”.

The concept of multi-level governance adds a crucial dimension to the debate about political decision making by conceptualising policy co-ordination across territorial levels of government. While research on European governance has generated a differentiated analytical concept to understand the varieties of co-ordination, it has not clarified the particular role of administration, although its relevance is apparent. Research on administration in the European context has considered multi-level relations between the administrations of the European Union and its member states, but so far failed to cover the distinct types of coordination. In view of this state of research, the paper emphasises the distinct features of multi-level administration and advance the concept towards an appropriate analytical framework. By unravelling the particular role and the distinct modes of administrative interaction and patterns of co-ordination in European governance, I suggest a Public Administration approach to research on multilevel governance in the European Union, that can be extended to the international context.

For more information on the event see: http://www.sv.uio.no/arena/english/research/news-and-events/events/tuesday-seminars/2016/arena-tuesday-041216.html