The Governance of Problems

Puzzling, Powering and Participation

Robert Hoppe

Robert Hoppe

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

312 pages | 7 x 9 1/2 | © 2011
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781847429629 Published March 2011 For sale in North and South America only
Contemporary democracies need to develop a better governance of problems, as all too often, policy is a sophisticated answer to the wrong problem. This book offers a compelling new approach to public policy-making as problem processing, bringing together aspects of puzzling, powering and participation, relating them in interesting and different ways to cultural theory, to issues about networks, to models of democracy and modes of citizen participation. Part of a growing body of work in policy analysis literature, the book is clearly written and accessibly presented, making this an ideal text for academics and postgraduate students.
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1. A problem-processing perspective on governance
2. The governance of problems: a map
3. Analysing policy problems: a problem-structuring approach
4. Cultures of public policy problems
5. Problem types and types of policy politics
6. Problem-structuring dynamics and meta-governance
7. Making policy analysis doable and reflexive
8. The plural democracies of problems: a meta-theory
9. Public engagement and deliberative designs
10. Responsible and hopeful governance of problems

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