Interactive governance: critical perspectives

Jurian Edelenbos and Ingmar van Meerkerk compile critical perspectives of interactive governance in the recent publication, Critical Reflections on Interactive Governance: Self-organization and Participation in Public Governance. Edelenbos and van Meerkerk bring together eminent scholars from diverse disciplines to critically examine issues within and around interactive governance.

Critical Reflections offers a comprehensive overview of societies shift toward ‘smaller government’ and actionable insights into its theories, concepts, potential and limitations. The authors assess how civic engagement, self-organization and participation are shaped by interactive governance in contemporary sociopolitical contexts.

As a resource for scholars of public administration, political science and sociology and management, this volume explores a number of key debates around interactive governance, including effects of political leadership, the effectiveness and inclusiveness of government strategies, compatible leadership types, and collaborative relationships between citizens, government and civic organizations. Through the Edelenbos and van Meerkerk present an empirical, critical exploration of the concept of interative governance to arrive at the potential of hybrid arrangements for citizens, institutions and organizations.

Academic Director of the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies, Jurian Edelenbos is also Professor of Public Administration, in the area of Water Governance, Department of Public Administration (Faculty of Social Sciences), Erasmus University Rotterdam. Ingmar van Meerkerk is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Public Administration, also at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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