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A problem-processing perspective on governance

Robert Hoppe

in The governance of problems

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847429629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303848 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847429629.003.0001
A problem-processing perspective on governance

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This chapter introduces the main themes of this book. It discusses the governance of problems, puzzling and powering, governance as a quest for political participation and institutional alignment, and implications for policy analysis. The major thesis of the book is that contemporary democracies, in order to maintain a sufficiently responsive system for the governance of problems, ought to develop more reflexive institutions and practices of policy-oriented and polity-oriented problem structuring. A structural mismatch between problem perception and structuring by larger segments, if not a majority, of the citizenry and their proximate policy makers, is a real possibility; and thus a threat. Better governance implies political sensitivity to different types of problems; and more and better reflexive problem structuring through better institutional, interactive, and deliberative designs for public debate and political choice.

Keywords: political participation; responsive governance; policy analysis; contemporary democracies; institutional alignment

Chapter.  9294 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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