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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

(p.243) Ten Responsible and hopeful governance of problems
The governance of problems

Robert Hoppe

Policy Press

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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