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Responsible and hopeful governance of problems

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/9781847429629.003.0010
Responsible and hopeful governance of problems

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This chapter suggests that one should not turn a blind eye to the ironies of the inevitable and perennial tension between instigation or powering, and deliberation as a mode of puzzling. It discusses how such tensions can be managed, instead of slipping into non-negotiable contradictions. The chapter advocates a governance of problems as fruitful oscillation and alternation between puzzling and powering. This requires politicians to foster a politics of responsibility, reflexiveness, and hope, which believes in the correction of powering by prudential puzzling; and the approximation of the regulative ideal of a self-guiding society through participation of more and more people in the question-and-answer game of democratic governance.

Keywords: powering; governance of problems; puzzling; responsible politics; democratic governance

Chapter.  8893 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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