B3 Democratic Multi-level Governance

Research area B3 is dedicated to the challenges of democratic governance in the developing multi-level political system especially including the European level. The development of multilevel systems, however, is not restricted to the EU and vertical relationships can be found in many other political systems as well.

Analytical units under scrutiny in research area B3 are individual, corporate and collective actors in regional, national and EU arenas, which shape the outcome of democratic decision-making processes. In order to deal with various aspects of the broader phenomenon of vertical relationships in multi-level systems, the initial emphasis in B3 on the EU has been replaced by more general approaches in the Eights Research Programme.