What are multilevel governance systems?

Arild Underdal, Professor of international politics at the University of Oslo, answers this question. 

- Multilevel government systems are systems involving institutions, stakeholders and processes on different levels of society, Underdal explains.
About Arild Underdal
Arild Underdal holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Oslo (1982), where he is now Professor of International Politics. Previous positions include one as Professor of Decision-Making Analysis at the Norwegian School of Management (BI, 1986-87), and two periods as Adjunct Professor at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research - Oslo (CICERO).

He has served one term as Rector (2002-05) of the University of Oslo and one term as Vice Rector (1993-95). He currently serves as member of the boards of Ullevål University Hospital and the Norwegian School of Management (BI). He chairs the board of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and serves on the international advisory boards of European Journal of International Relations, International Negotiations, Global Environmental Politics, and International Environmental Agreements.

Arild Underdal began his academic career as a student of international negotiations. He still keeps an active interest in that field, but most of his more recent research has focused on international cooperation and governance, with particular reference to protection of the environment and management of scarce natural resources.

He has been actively involved in global environmental change programmes, for a couple of years as Chair of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP).

More marginal contributions have been made to the study of foreign policy decision-making and more recently to the study of university governance.

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