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date: 16 December 2018

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This article discusses the characteristics of the multi-level governance (MLG) in the European Union (EU). It explains that MLG originated in the 1980s and that Gary Marks was the first to use this term to capture developments in EU cohesion policy. The article suggests that MLG has made a significant contribution to understanding the nature of governance in the EU by directing attention to increasingly complex relations between actors from different sectors organized at different territorial levels, and by raising important questions about the mechanisms, strategies, and tactics through which decisions are made in contemporary politics, and about their implications for democratic accountability.

Keywords: multi-level governance, European Union, Gary Marks, cohesion policy, contemporary politics, democratic accountability

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