TARN Lecture: Arthur Benz

On 12 April 2016, Prof. Dr. Arthur Benz from Technische Universität Darmstadt discussed the role of administration in multilevel governance, looking at the interaction and coordination between the European and member state levels.

Photo: Technische Universität Darmstadt

ARENA hosted the second TARN lecture as part of the ARENA Tuesday Seminar series, where Prof. Arthur Benz presented:

Unravelling multi-level administration: patterns and dynamics of administrative co-ordination in European 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 failed to cover the distinct types of interaction. In view of this state of research, we emphasise 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, our analytical framework should pave the way for a focused research agenda linking approaches to multilevel governance and public administration in the European and international context.

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TARN Lecture Series

The Academic Research Network on Agencification of EU Executive Governance (TARN) hostes a series of lectures featuring renowned academics and practitioners to discuss salient issues of agencification of EU executive governance.

The lectures are organised by the TARN partners in Berlin, Florence, London, Luxembourg, Maastricht, Oslo, Paris, Rome and Vienna.

Published Mar. 8, 2016 2:44 PM - Last modified Jan. 6, 2020 11:43 AM