Swings and Roundabouts? Multilevel Governance as a Source of and Constraint on Policy Capacity

  • B. Guy Peters
  • Jon Pierre

Abstract

Albeit cast in different conceptual and theoretical frameworks, policy capacity sits at the centre of several predominant debates in contemporary political analysis.1 Issues such as devolution and globalization typically revolve around the question of the extent to which the state has sufficient capabilities to design and implement intelligent policy (Hirst and Thompson, 1999). Similarly, the debate on the ‘hollowing out of the state’ (Rhodes, 1994; see also Holliday, 2000) suggests that this change in patterns of governance marks not just a shift in the political economy and regulatory nature of the state in advanced Western democracies but also the dismantling of the policy expertise previously harboured by central government.

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Europe Lution Arena Decen Univer 

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