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Emerging Governance

Crafting Communities in an Improvising Society

Emerging Governance
  • Year of publication 2017
  • 218 pages
Editor:Hans Boutellier and Willem Trommel
Category: Social Sciences Public Administration
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐796‐8 | paperback | 1st edition | € 42.00 / $ 53.33 / £ 41.87
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The 21st century society is shaped by improvisation and driven by incidents and impulses: one where agents engage in problem-solving practices and freely deal with institutional logics and opportunities. Is it possible to improve improvisation from a normative perspective? In what way do 'crafting communities' contribute to this public challenge? And to what extent do new forms of governance emerge from these improvising and crafting practices?

Emerging Governance presents several innovative studies addressing all these novel questions and more about public policy and governance. Topics vary from the decentralization of care and welfare and citizen participation in security policy to current regulation forms and the functionality of social research in network society.

Target group

This book will be of interest to scholars in Public Administration, Politics Sciences and Social Sciences.

Author's information

Hans Boutellier (1953) is professor Security & Resilience at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the VU University Amsterdam. He is also the Research Director of the Verwey-Jonker Institute, an independent research institute on social issues in Utrecht. Boutellier is an expert in issues of social order, governance, security and safety, diversity and public morality. On these subjects, he wrote, both scientific and popular, hundreds of publications, among which the book The Improvising Society.

Willem Trommel (1959) is professor of Public Policy and Governance at the VU University Amsterdam, and theme leader ‘governance’ at the Institute of Societal Resilience. His research focusses on processes of reform within the public sphere, usually from a critical, sociological perspective. Among his latest writings is a book on the politics of revitalizing civil society (Manufacturing Civil Society, Palgrave, together with Taco Brandsen en Bram Verschuere).