Governing migration through multi-level governance? : city networks in Europe and the United States
Journal of common market studies, 2021, Vol. 59, No. 6, pp. 1590-1606[Migration Policy Centre]
CAPONIO, Tiziana, Governing migration through multi-level governance? : city networks in Europe and the United States, Journal of common market studies, 2021, Vol. 59, No. 6, pp. 1590-1606[Migration Policy Centre] - https://hdl.handle.net/1814/72339
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City networks (CNs) are often enthusiastically regarded as key actors in processes of Europeanization and multi-level governance (MLG) policy-making in Europe and beyond. However, systematic research on highly contentious issues like migration is still scarce. Building on an understanding of MLG as a specific mode or instance of policy-making, in this article I seek to understand why and how CNs engage in MLG-like policy-making on a typical issue of state sovereignty. I apply the causal process-tracing method to analyse the genesis and policy actions undertaken in the last two decades by two migration CNs in different multi-level political settings: the Eurocities Working Group on Migration and Integration (WGM&I) in the EU and Welcoming America (WA) in the US. The results show that, notwithstanding the differences in the institutional settings, in both contexts instances of MLG policy-making have taken place in the shadow of the will of the national governments, which remain fundamental gate-keepers even in the EU supranational polity, where the European Commission has been particularly active in supporting migration CNs' initiatives.
First published online: 22 July 2021
Cadmus permanent link: https://hdl.handle.net/1814/72339
Full-text via DOI: 10.1111/jcms.13214
ISSN: 0021-9886; 1468-5965
Series/Number: [Migration Policy Centre]
Grant number: H2020/794012/EU;
Sponsorship and Funder information:
The study was realised in the context of the project MInMUS, ‘Migration Policies in Multi-level Political Settings. City Networks in Europe and North America,’ funded by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Marie Curie Standard Fellowships, Grant Agreement n. 794012. This article was published Open Access with the support from the EUI Library through the CRUI - Wiley Transformative Agreement (2020-2023)
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