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Here you can find information about the current and past research projects of the Chair for Multilevel Governance.

Current Research Projects

"Should I stay or should I go? State Exits from Regional Organizations" (funded by: DFG)

The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (EU) recently made headlines, attracting a lot of public and scholarly attention. BREXIT is not the only instance in which a member state exited a regional organization (RO). Further information. 

"Comparing Forest Governance Performances of Regional Regimes. A Comprehensive Analysis" (funded by: DFG)

Globalization, internationalization and an increasing number of cross-border environmental regimes like climate change and biodiversity have led political actors to recognize the need of forest policy beyond the domestic level. Adopting a comparative approach, this project contributes towards closing gaps in our knwiledge about regional regimes. To this end, it examines three research questions on three dimensions of performance - output , outcome, and impact - of forest governance in regional regimes. Further information.

"Overlapping Regionalism in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe Compared" (funded by: DFG)

dfg projekt regionalismus

In the aftermaths of WWII and the Cold War, states have intensified multilateral collaboration and increasingly cooperated with states in their neighborhood. Today there are more than 70 ROs in all parts of world. When ROs share member states and policy competences, we speak of overlapping regionalism. While a comparative regionalism research agenda has been emerging recently, overlapping regionalism has not yet received much scholarly attention. The phenomenon of overlapping regionalism is widespread and important, not in the least since ROs’ policies and rules can be incompatible reducing their effectiveness. This project contributes towards filling gaps in our knowledge of overlapping regionalism in respect to three research questions: How has overlapping regionalism evolved over time and space? Why and when does overlapping regionalism occur and increase? How do states react to overlapping regionalism and does this affect the effectiveness of ROs? Further information


"The Design of International Organizations. Fostering Diplomatic Deliberation?" (funded by: DFG)


Whether we look at constitutions, founding treaties, or the rules of procedure of states and International Organizations (IO), it is striking that many rules on interaction between actors create room for deliberation, whilst simultaneously limiting the time available for discussion. While the latter speeds up decision making, it risks reducing its quality and legitimacy. How are these competing elements formally and de facto balanced in IOs? Do IOs differ in this respect, and if so, how and why? Further information


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