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Institute for Multi-Level Governance and DevelopmentRSS


The In­sti­tute for Mul­ti-­Level Gov­ernance and Devel­op­ment at the So­cio-e­co­nom­ics De­part­ment spe­cial­izes in eco­nomic and so­cio-e­co­lo­gical devel­op­ment, fo­cus­ing on act­ors, or­gan­iz­a­tions and policy rel­ev­ance. We are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the in­ter­link­ages between global dy­nam­ics (growth com­pul­sion, free trade, con­sumer­ism,…) and local and re­gional op­por­tun­it­ies for policy, busi­ness and cit­izens to take ac­tion. The in­sti­tute fo­cusses on the fol­low­ing in­ter- and trans-dis­cip­lin­ary fields of re­search and teach­ing:

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The so­cio-e­co­nomic ap­proach of the In­sti­tute draws on in­ter- and trans­dis­cip­lin­ary col­lab­or­a­tion and fo­cuses on so­ci­etally rel­ev­ant top­ics, in­clud­ing demo­cracy, cli­mate change, in­ter­na­tional trade and in­vestor pro­tec­tion agree­ments, biod­iversity and mobil­ity. Mul­ti-­level gov­ernance is a field, which un­der­stands polit­ical steer­ing in terms of the in­ter­ac­tion of mul­tiple act­ors, in­clud­ing non-state act­ors, and stresses the im­port­ance of in­teg­rated ana­lysis. In­stead of ad­dress­ing “the state” and “the mar­ket” as a du­al­ity, this ap­proach bases em­pir­ical know­ledge gen­er­a­tion on mul­tiple stake­holder ana­lysis and con­siders new forms of the private and the pub­lic, in­clud­ing the com­mons, non-gov­ern­mental or­gan­iz­a­tions, and the solid­ar­ity economy. In do­ing so, it avoids both an anti­quated un­der­stand­ing of meth­od­o­lo­gical na­tion­al­ism and un­real­istic hopes for the emer­gence of Global Gov­ernance struc­tures, but rather em­ploys a more real­istic mul­ti-­level ana­lysis of con­tem­por­ary gov­ernance is­sues.

 The in­sti­tute’s agenda for re­search and teach­ing is geared to­wards co­oper­a­tion with other in­sti­tutes at the De­part­ment for So­cio-E­co­nom­ics, the WU, and bey­ond. It also draws on trans­dis­cip­lin­ary ap­proaches and Know­ledge Al­li­ances, which in­clude both aca­demic and non-aca­demic part­ners – the Good Life for All and “Hauptschule trifft Hoch­schule” (Sec­ond­ary Edu­ca­tion meets Higher Edu­ca­tion).

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