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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 University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429629.001.0001

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A problem-processing perspective on governance

A problem-processing perspective on governance

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(p.1) One A problem-processing perspective on governance
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The governance of problems
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Robert Hoppe

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847429629.003.0001

This chapter introduces the main themes of this book. It discusses the governance of problems, puzzling and powering, governance as a quest for political participation and institutional alignment, and implications for policy analysis. The major thesis of the book is that contemporary democracies, in order to maintain a sufficiently responsive system for the governance of problems, ought to develop more reflexive institutions and practices of policy-oriented and polity-oriented problem structuring. A structural mismatch between problem perception and structuring by larger segments, if not a majority, of the citizenry and their proximate policy makers, is a real possibility; and thus a threat. Better governance implies political sensitivity to different types of problems; and more and better reflexive problem structuring through better institutional, interactive, and deliberative designs for public debate and political choice.

Keywords:   political participation, responsive governance, policy analysis, contemporary democracies, institutional alignment

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