From Research to Practice
Edited by Nicola F. Dotti
Chapter 16: Evaluating coordination and learning within governance: open epistemological issues
A widely recognised challenge across multiple scales of governance is steering towards more sustainable socio-economic development while allowing appropriate scope for innovation and learning. Yet, political science tends to focus on conceptualising processes through which policy learning occurs, rather than assessing the substantive nature of this learning in the context of such complex challenges. This chapter proposes and applies a conceptual and methodological approach for meeting this need. Drawing from treatments of learning in political economy, the approach analyses in detail how policy actors and stakeholders with contrasting expertise and knowledge understand the complex inter-relationships between policy choices and outcomes.
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