Innovation in Governance

The work of the group was supported by a project grant from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), Social-Ecological Research Programme to investigate the innovation dynamics of governance instruments in the wider family of environmental markets and public participation methods.


The overarching aim of the research group is to establish a research approach for investigateng the emergence, development and expansion of new forms of governance. To this end, empirical investigations will focus the development of policy instruments from two different families: Tredable permit schemes (e.g. emissions trading, biodiversity credits) and deliberative procedures (e.g. citizens' juries and scenario workshops). The group's work is guided by the following research questions:

  • How do new forms of governance emerge? How do they develop and expand?
  • How do new forms of governance interact with existing governance structures?
  • How do innovations in governance interact with social-ecological transformation processes?
  • How can innovation processes in governace be anticipated and shaped? Three closely-related sub-aims define the scope of the project: (1) The development of a theoretically founded process model on innovations in governance, (2) The empirical reconstruction of innovation processes and (3) Transdisciplinary strategy development for the design of innovations in governance

Innovation in Governance (main phase)

Project title Innovation in Governance. The emergence, development and expansion of new forms of governance: comparative case studies on tradable permit schemes and deliberative procedures
Project duration September 2009 - August 2013
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Innovation in Governance (pre-phase)

Project title Innovation in Governance. Reconfiguring policy practice, governance regimes and social-ecological change
Project duration September 2008 - August 2009
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