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Critical Reflections on Interactive Governance

Critical Reflections on Interactive Governance

Self-organization and Participation in Public Governance

Edited by Jurian Edelenbos and Ingmar van Meerkerk

In many countries, government and society have undergone a major shift in recent years, now tending toward ‘smaller government’ and ‘bigger society’. This development has lent increased meaning to the notion of interactive governance, a concept that this book takes not as a normative ideal but as an empirical phenomenon that needs constant critical scrutiny, reflection and embedding in modern societies.

Chapter 3: Forms of governance and policy problems: coping with complexity

B. Guy Peters and Jon Pierre

Subjects: politics and public policy, public policy, regulation and governance


In their contribution Peters and Pierre address the linkage between types of policy problems and the processes used to address them. They focus on the challenging question: what processes are likely to be most effective in addressing wicked problems? That question, however, makes several important assumptions, which they deal with in their chapter. The first is that there is a single type of wicked problem, and therefore a single process that can be most effective in addressing, if not solving, those problems.

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