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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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Public engagement and deliberative designs

Public engagement and deliberative designs

(p.215) Nine Public engagement and deliberative designs
The governance of problems

Robert Hoppe

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on shifts in governance as gently nudging the governance system towards more deliberative and participatory modes of problem structuring. It elaborates on the notion of meta-governance as deliberate interpolable balancing through the alignment and transformation of institutions in policy networks. The chapter also analyses and evaluates modes of civic engagement. The first section shows that especially unstructured problems tend to be neglected or approached the wrong way. The second section discusses whether and to what extent this type of democratic deficit may be remedied. The third section discusses common problems in running deliberative-democratic experiments and the uptake of their outputs in normal, representative-democratic politics.

Keywords:   governance system, governance shifts, problem structuring, meta-governance, policy networks, civic engagement

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