ABSTRACT

This chapter sheds some light on the interaction and cooperation between decisionmaking and managing authorities. It discusses whether the managing authorities were in a dominant position or whether the relations were, as some multi-level governance scholars perceive the EU’s multi-level system of governance, structured without hierarchies or an accumulation of power at the top-end in the national LEADER+ setting. To that end, interviewees from several Employment and Economic Development Centres and German decision-making authorities were asked to characterise their cooperation with the managing authority. Did the managing authority act as a superior or a colleague? Were there any serious problems in these relationships? If so, what were the reasons for those?