Institutionalizing interactive governance

Jacob Torfing, B. Guy Peters, Jon Pierre and Eva Sørensen

in Interactive Governance

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199596751
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738180 | DOI:
Institutionalizing interactive governance

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Institutionalizing governance, whether interactive or not, is an aspect of forming the governance process. Even the interactive model, which by its definition is more subject to change and is defined by the interactions of the participants, requires some degree of institutionalization if it is to provide the stability and predictability needed by its members for effective governance. Likewise, even if there is an attempt to be inclusive in involving social actors in processes of interaction, there will still be some need to establish boundaries defining who is a legitimate participant in the process and who is not. This chapter examines factors involved in creating and dismantling processes of governance and metagovernance. This examination employs institutionalization as the central lens for understanding the construction of stable processes for managing policy and administration. Further, we will be examining the deinstitutionalization of these processes as well as their creation. Institutions, whether of governance or metagovernance, are not created for once and for all, but rather take the form of continuous processes of institutionalization and deinstitutionalization. In this particular case, one hypothesis guiding the analysis might be that there would be an interaction between these two aspects of policymaking – governance and metagovernance – so that when one increases the other would wane. The alternative hypothesis might be that the two vary together so that effective governance will require effective metagovernance.

Keywords: political institutions; institutionalization; metagovernance; policymaking

Chapter.  7692 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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