Jörg Broschek

Canada Research Chair in Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance

Tier 2 - 2017-11-01
Wilfrid Laurier University
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

519-884-0710 ext./poste 3995

Coming to Canada From

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Research involves

Using case studies to uncover the patterns of institutional and policy change in systems of multilevel governance.

Research relevance

This research will improve our understanding of problems that result from territorial governance, and will develop adequate solutions to overcome them.

The Dynamics of Multilevel Governance

Multilevel governance has gained much currency recently. It operates under the notion that policy problems often cut across territorial jurisdictions and that their resolution requires institutionalized forms of collaboration between various tiers of government.

Dr. Jörg Broschek, Canada Research Chair in Comparative Federalism and Multilevel Governance, is comparing the institutional architecture, evolution and performance of different systems of multilevel governance in Europe and North America.

Systems of multilevel governance differ considerably in terms of their configuration, their effectiveness in addressing policy problems, and their democratic legitimacy. While multilevel governance can foster innovative solutions to a wide range of problems, it can also hinder political reforms and perpetuate democratic deficits.

Broschek is developing an innovative analytical framework to compare the institutional nature and dynamics of change in different systems of multilevel governance.

His research will improve understanding of multilevel governance and show how institutional designs can contribute to policy innovation and moderate democratic deficits.