Hoe kan bestuur op natie-overstijgend niveau zowel doeltreffend als legitiem zijn of worden?
Many problems can only be solved by working with other states, and we don't want to be isolated in the world. On the other hand, we do want to have control over our own environment, laws, and society. How do we reconcile this? How do we construct transnational governance regimes, such as the European Union, which help solve our problems and advance our interests without taking away more of our autonomy than we want to give? It is a burning question for the Netherlands, which is a trading nation with an international orientation, but also one that is proud of its domestic governance traditions and has a strong desire to avoid excessive hierarchy and distant government, both of which can easily arise in transnational governance.