Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions
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Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions

From Research to Practice

Edited by Nicola F. Dotti

This book provides theories, experiences, reflections and future directions for social scientists who wish to engage with policy-oriented research in cities and regions. The ‘policy learning’ perspective is comprehensively discussed, focusing on actors promoting ‘policy knowledge’ and interaction among different stakeholders. The book also aims to provide practical insights for policy-makers and practitioners interested in research-based approaches to cities and regions.
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Chapter 16: Evaluating coordination and learning within governance: open epistemological issues

Dan Greenwood


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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