The innovation in governance group pursues research on the emergence, development and expansion of new forms of governance. It puts a focus on the intertwining of epistemic and political work in the (re)making of collective orders.

Relevant research is carried out in various traditions, such as interpretive political science and policy studies, governmentality studies, political and organizational sociology, sociology of knowledge and science and technology studies.

For an overview of topics and approaches in innovation in governance research see past projects, events, publications, contributions to innovation in governance forums and seminar series, as well as the personal websites of people who are linked up with the group.


Knowing governance. The epistemic construction of political order


Innovation in Governance. Realizing instruments of governance

The work of the group was supported by a project grant from the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) to investigate the innovation dynamics of governance instruments in the wider family of environmental markets and public participation methods. The project comprises three aims (see the initial workplan).

1.      To elaborate a conceptual framework for studying innovation in governance as a co-production of science and politics, drawing on a variety of concepts from policy and governance studies, political and organizational sociology, innovation studies and science and technology studies. This was linked with exploring relevant strands of ongoing research and supporting the formation of an interdisciplinary research network through conferences, workshops, seminars and research fellowships.




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