Assessing and improving effective 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:
Assessing and improving effective interactive governance

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The attempt of the public metagovernors to enhance the contribution of networks and partnerships to effective governance must be guided by a clear assessment of their effectivity. The first section argues that in order to measure the effectivity of networks and partnerships, we must move beyond the traditional notions of cost efficiency, operational effectiveness, and allocative efficiency. Alternatively, it is proposed that the effectivity of network-types of governance is measured in relation to a set of criteria that aims to capture the specific promises in terms of effective governance that are identified in the burgeoning literature on networks and partnerships. The second section provides a detailed account of a number of assessment criteria and provides operational definition of these. The discussion of how to conduct a criteria-based assessment of the effectivity of networks and partnerships is followed by a brief discussion of how different metagovernance tools can help to improve the effectivity of interactive governance arrangements.

Keywords: Keywords: networks; partnerships; metagovernance

Chapter.  8263 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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