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The governance of problemsPuzzling, powering and participation$
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Robert Hoppe

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429629

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429629.001.0001

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Responsible and hopeful governance of problems

Responsible and hopeful governance of problems

Chapter:
(p.243) Ten Responsible and hopeful governance of problems
Source:
The governance of problems
Author(s):

Robert Hoppe

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847429629.003.0010

This chapter suggests that one should not turn a blind eye to the ironies of the inevitable and perennial tension between instigation or powering, and deliberation as a mode of puzzling. It discusses how such tensions can be managed, instead of slipping into non-negotiable contradictions. The chapter advocates a governance of problems as fruitful oscillation and alternation between puzzling and powering. This requires politicians to foster a politics of responsibility, reflexiveness, and hope, which believes in the correction of powering by prudential puzzling; and the approximation of the regulative ideal of a self-guiding society through participation of more and more people in the question-and-answer game of democratic governance.

Keywords:   powering, governance of problems, puzzling, responsible politics, democratic governance

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