Interactive Policy Making, Metagovernance and Democracy (ECPR Studies in European Political Science)

Interactive Policy Making, Metagovernance and Democracy (ECPR Studies in European Political Science)

By: Jacob Torfing (editor), Peter Triantafillou (editor)Paperback

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Traditional forms of top-down government are being challenged by the growing complexity and fragmentation of social and political life and the need to mobilize and activate the knowledge, ideas, and resources of private stakeholders. In response to this important challenge there has been a persistent proliferation of interactive forms of public governance that bring together a plethora of public and private actors in collaborative policy arenas. This book explores how these new forms of interactive governance are working in practice and analyses their role and impact on public policy making in different policy areas and in different countries. The need for facilitating, managing and giving direction to interactive policy arenas is also addressed through empirical analyses of different forms of metagovernance that aim to govern interactive forms of governance without reverting to traditional forms of hierarchical command and control. Finally, the normative implications of interactive policy making are assessed through studies of the democratic problems and merits associated with interactive policy making.

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Jacob Torfing is director of the Center for Democratic Network Governance and vice-director in the large-scale research project on Collaborative Innovation in the Public Sector. He has sat on the Danish Social Science Research Council and his research interests include network governance, policy reforms, democracy, and public innovation. Together with Eva Sorensen he has co-edited Theories of Democratic Network Governance, Palgrave, 2007. Peter Triantafillou is a member of the Center for Democratic Network Governance and has served as the Dean of Study at Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University. His research interests include interactive forms of governance, performance measurement in relation to interactive policy making, and governmentality theory. He has recently co-authored The Politics of Self-governance with Eva Sorensen,published by Ashgate, 2009.


Chapter One: Introduction to Interactive Policy Making,Metagovernance and Democracy Jacob Torfing and Peter Triantafillou Part I: Interactive Polic y Making Through Governance Networks Chapter Two: Network Governance on the Frontline Jenny M. Lewis and Mark Considine Chapter Three: Perceptions of Effectiveness in Governance Networks - a Comparative Analysis Trine Fotel Chapter Four: Europeanisation of Employment Polity - Changing Partnership Inclusion in Denmark, Great Britain and France Anders Esmark Part II : Metagovernance Chapter Five: Metagoverning Governance Styles - Broadening the Public Manager's Action Perspective Louis Meuleman Chapter Six: Metagovernance and the UK Nuclear Industry - A Limiting Case Keith Baker and Gerry Stoker Chapter Seven: Politicians as Metagovernors - Can Metagovernance Reconcile Representative Democracy and Network Reality? Joop Koppenjan, Mirjam Kars and Haiko van der Voort Chapter Eight: Metagovernance by Numbers - Technological Lock-in of Australian and Danish Employment Policies? Peter Triantafillou Part III : Democracy Chapter Nine: Institutional Evolution within Local Democracy - Local Self-Governance Meets Local Government Jurian Edelenbos and Ingmar van Meerkerk Chapter Ten: Reconnecting Representative and Participatory/Deliberative Democracy in Italy - the Cases of Tuscany and Trentino Simona Piattoni Chapter Eleven: Democratic Legitimacy Criteria in Interactive Governance and their Empirical Application Erik-Hans Klijn Chapter Twelve: The Role of Citizen Forums in Local Development Planning in Switzerland Nico van der Heiden and Paul Krummenacher Chapter Thirteen: Democratic Ownership through Metagovernance? The Action Plan on Organic Food Asa Casula Vifell Chapter Fourteen: Conclusions and Perspectives Jacob Torfing and Peter Triantafillou

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/08/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781907301131
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 294
  • ID: 9781907301131
  • weight: 609
  • ISBN10: 1907301135

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