Much ado about new forms of governance – what’s behind it?

Governance in the making

The innovation in governance research group is a network of researchers who study governance in terms of how collective orders are (re)configured in intertwined processes of knowing and doing.

The focus is on the practical work of articulating and maintaining collective knowledges and  agencies, facts and norms, epistemic and political authority, or science and politics. How do practices of representing objective reality and collective will contribute to the making and shaping of collective order?

Activities in the years 2008-2014 were supported through the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) for a project based at the Technische Universität Berlin. Further projects are under development. In the meanwhile the group’s agenda is pursued in joint publications, workshops, conference panels, colloquia, extended coffee breaks, dinner parties and nocturnal street corner debates.


Innovating public participation methods

In the 1970s, new social movements have demanded political participation beyond liberal-representative forms of democracy. Since then, efforts are made to provide procedures for rendering public engagement constructive and legitimate. Public participation methods took shape as a field of innovation. Planning cell, citizens jury, consensus conference were early success models, closely linked with dedicated expert industries and an emerging science and technology of participation. A paper just published online first in Social Studies of Science analyses the pattern and dynamics of this innovation journey. It is the first paper of a planned special issue on Technologies of participation – democracy in the making, on site and at distance’.

December 2015: “Knowing Governance. The epistemic construction of political order” – new book published

What does it do to the world to know it? What does it do to governance and politics to know them one or the other way? A collection of contributions to Innovation in Governance conferences and seminar series treats these broader questions in empirical case studies which follow the making of knowledge about governance – in state theory, European integration studies, evaluations of global governance, policy advice on ‘nudging’, the design of environmental market instruments, public participation tools and impact assessment procedures, the training of practical negotiation skills, and the production of policy reviews at the OECD. 


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