Category Archives: Governance

Social innovation, governance and community building

This publication contains the final report of the project ‘Social innovation, governance and community building’, whose work has primarily contributed to the area ‘Towards social cohesion in Europe’. The report  brings the attention onto the  re-emergence of old basic needs. … Continue reading

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Governance and Complexity – Emerging Issues for Governance Theory

Read Unexpected epidemics, abrupt catastrophic shifts in biophysical systems, and economic crises that cascade across national borders and regions are events that challenge the steering capacity of governance at all political levels. This article seeks to extend the applicability of … Continue reading

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Social Learning and Sustainability – Exploring Critical Issues in Relation to Environmental Change and Governance

Read This report addresses a critical part of the very front of social-ecological systems research. Learning can be seen as a process of change in the way we look upon the world — our thoughts, feelings and actions — which … Continue reading

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The governance of problems: puzzling, powering, participation

Read Policy analysis usually gives more attention to problem solving than problem finding and there is a real threat of mismatch between problem perceptions by citizens and problem definition by their elected and appointed policy makers. Contemporary democracies need to … Continue reading

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Governance, Complexity and Democratic Participation

Read This article applies complexity theory to urban governance. It is argued that expert-based, hierarchical-instrumental policy making encounters insurmountable obstacles in modern liberal democracies. One of the root causes of this erosion of output legitimacy is the complexity of social … Continue reading

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Governance of online creation communities – Provision of platforms of participation for the building of digital commons

This paper is dedicated to the analysis of the governance of online creation communities.  Two components can be distinguished in online creation communities: a platform of participation around which the community is generated and the providers of such a platform.  … Continue reading

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The Youth Crisis: Twenty reasons why it’s kicking off everywhere

Twenty reasons why it’s kicking off everywhere We’ve had revolution in Tunisia, Egypt’s Mubarak is teetering; in Yemen, Jordan and Syria suddenly protests have appeared. In Ireland young techno-savvy professionals are agitating for a “Second Republic”; in France the youth … Continue reading

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The Governance of Complexity and the Complexity of Governance

Read This chapter addresses the recent discovery of ‘governance‘ as the complex art of steering multiple agencies, institutions, and systems which are both operationally autonomous from one another and structurally coupled through various forms of reciprocal interdependence. This discovery could … Continue reading

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Global Governance Through Transnational Network Organizations – Civil Society Self-Organization

Read When the topic of global governance or post-national governance arises, it generally does so in the context of the co-operation between nation states, international agreements and the role of international organizations. As opposed to this, global governance through the … Continue reading

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Neither market nor hierarchy nor network – The emergence of bazaar governance

Read A growing body of literature describes the open source phenomenon in the software industry.  Drawing on transaction cost economics, we propose that open source projects illustrate a new generic governance structure — which we label bazaar governance — based … Continue reading

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