New roles and role dilemmas in 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:
New roles and role dilemmas in interactive governance

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In the previous chapters, we described how the surge of a new interactive governance paradigm has gone hand in hand with the institutionalization of a variety of governance arrangements such as quasi-markets, partnerships, and governance networks. This chapter focuses on the impact that these paradigmatic and institutional changes have on the role images that condition and frame efforts to justify or criticize actions taken by politicians, public administrators, citizens, and private actors. Furthermore, we analyze the dilemmas that are likely to emerge when these role images guide action, and discuss the coping strategies that can be applied in order to deal with emerging dilemmas. A study of role images, dilemmas, and coping strategies is valuable because it helps us to understand how paradigmatic and institutional changes at the meso and macro level influence actions at the micro level, which in turn will transform and/or reproduce the patterns of social and political interaction. As such, the study of role images can contribute to explaining the complex interrelation between structure and agency.

Keywords: citizens; actors; structure; agency; networks; governance

Chapter.  9103 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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