Rowman and Littlefield International
Interactive Policy Making, Metagovernance and Democracy

Interactive Policy Making, Metagovernance and Democracy

Edited by Jacob Torfing and Peter Triantafillou

Publication Date: Oct 2011

Pages 308

ECPR Press

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Traditional forms of top-down government are being challenged by the growing complexity and fragmentation of social and political life and the need to mobilize and activate the knowledge, ideas, and resources of private stakeholders. In response to this important challenge there has been a persistent proliferation of interactive forms of public governance that bring together a plethora of public and private actors in collaborative policy arenas. This book explores how these new forms of interactive governance are working in practice and analyses their role and impact on public policy making in different policy areas and in different countries. The need for facilitating, managing and giving direction to interactive policy arenas is also addressed through empirical analyses of different forms of metagovernance that aim to govern interactive forms of governance without reverting to traditional forms of hierarchical command and control. Finally, the normative implications of interactive policy making are assessed through studies of the democratic problems and merits associated with interactive policy making.


List of Figures and Tables vii

List of Abbreviations ix

Acknowledgements xi

About the Contributors xiii

Chapter One: Introduction to Interactive Policy Making,

Metagovernance and Democracy

Jacob Torfing and Peter Triantafillou 1

Part I: Interactive Policy Making Through

Governance Networks

Chapter Two: Network Governance on the Frontline

Jenny M. Lewis and Mark Considine 29

Chapter Three: Perceptions of Effectiveness in Governance Networks

– a Comparative Analysis

Trine Fotel 51

Chapter Four: Europeanisation of Employment Polity – Changing

Partnership Inclusion in Denmark, Great Britain and France

Anders Esmark 75

part ii: metagovernance

Chapter Five: Metagoverning Governance Styles – Broadening the

Public Manager’s Action Perspective

Louis Meuleman 95

Chapter Six: Metagovernance and the UK Nuclear Industry

– A Limiting Case

Keith Baker and Gerry Stoker 111

Chapter Seven: Politicians as Metagovernors – Can Metagovernance

Reconcile Representative Democracy and Network Reality?

Joop Koppenjan, Mirjam Kars and Haiko van der Voort 129

vi interactive policymaking, metagovernance and democracy

Chapter Eight: Metagovernance by Numbers – Technological Lock-in

of Australian and Danish Employment Policies?

Peter Triantafillou 149

part iii: democracy

Chapter Nine: Institutional Evolution within Local Democracy

– Local Self-Governance Meets Local Government

Jurian Edelenbos and Ingmar van Meerkerk 169

Chapter Ten: Reconnecting Representative and Participatory/

Deliberative Democracy in Italy – the Cases of Tuscany and Trentino

Simona Piattoni 187

Chapter Eleven: Democratic Legitimacy Criteria in Interactive

Governance and their Empirical Application

Erik-Hans Klijn 205

Chapter Twelve: The Role of Citizen Forums in Local Development

Planning in Switzerland

Nico van der Heiden and Paul Krummenacher 227

Chapter Thirteen: Democratic Ownership through Metagovernance?

The Action Plan on Organic Food

Åsa Casula Vifell 243

Chapter Fourteen: Conclusions and Perspectives

Jacob Torfing and Peter Triantafillou 263

Index 277

Jacob Torfing is director of the Center for Democratic Network Governance and vice-director of the large-scale research project on Collaborative Innovation in the Public Sector. He has sat on the Danish Social Science Research Council and his research interests include network governance, policy reforms, democracy, and public innovation. Together with Eva SØrensen he has co-edited Theories of Democratic Network Governance, Palgrave, 2007.

Peter Triantafillou is a member of the Center for Democratic Network Governance and has served as the Dean of Study at Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University. His research interests include interactive forms of governance, performance measurement in relation to interactive policy making, and governmentality theory. He has recently co-authored The Politics of Self-governancewith Eva SØrensen,published by Ashgate, 2009.

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