Politics and political strategies in multi level systems

Duncan McTavish

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Findings: There are three broad findings. First, while the growth of MLG and in particular supra state activities and institutions have undermined conventional conceptions of political accountability, more nuanced interpretations are provided; as are cases of successful popular challenge to a seemingly inevitable application of neo-liberal new public management driven approaches to public service provision, as witnessed in examples of public service de-privatisation and re-municipalisation. Second, as seen in the United Kingdom, political strategies in a multi-state system are presented in terms of zero sum or alternatively win-win scenarios. In Scotland, for example, though there have been difficulties for state wide parties in managing multi-level politics in the devolved arena, yet in that arena win-win strategies have been played out; and in Northern Ireland with a contextual backdrop of conflict, there is also evidence of win-win political actions. Third, some general findings are presented which outline a range of centrifugal and centripetal forces found in some European countries and how these affect the choice of political strategy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMulti Level Governance: The Missing Linkages
EditorsJ. Diamond, J. Liddle
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781784418731
ISBN (Print)9781784418748
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameCritical Perspectives on International Public Sector Management
ISSN (Print)2045-7952


  • multi level governance
  • political strategies
  • parties


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