Edited by Christopher Ansell and Jacob Torfing
Chapter 28: Economic theory
Economic theory is about coordination of decision making. Markets, corporate hierarchies and governments are seen as the most important governance mechanisms, and economics is about the proper role and scope of each mechanism. These governance mechanisms are mostly seen as functioning in isolation and according to their own respective rationales. On the other hand, discursive framing of decentralized decision making and the mixture of governance mechanisms as a result of direct interaction, joint decision making and negotiations between actors are beyond the theoretical perspective of most economics theories. However, some theories focus on informal coordination in networks, by means of social capital and through discursive interaction or what is in the context of this chapter called invisible handshakes in contrast to the visible hand. One such example is the economic theory of the governance of common pool resources.
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