Category Archives: Governance

Working for the Few – Political capture and Economic Inequality

Economic inequality is rapidly increasing in the majority of countries. The wealth of the world is divided in two: almost half going to the richest one percent; the other half to the remaining 99 percent. The World Economic Forum has … Continue reading

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Gobernar para las Élites – Secuestro democrático y desigualdad económica

La desigualdad económica crece rápidamente en la mayoría de los países. La riqueza mundial está dividida en dos: casi la mitad está en manos del 1% más rico de la población, y la otra mitad se reparte entre el 99% … Continue reading

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A Cognition-based View of Decision Processes in Complex Social–Ecological Systems

This synthesis paper is intended to provide an overview of individual and collective decisionmaking processes that might serve as a theoretical foundation for a complexity-based approach to environmental policy design and natural resource management planning. Human activities are the primary … Continue reading

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The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society’s Toughest Problems

We’re at a critical juncture in our global economy, with the siloed ways of the past (public vs. private) quickly fading. Instead, we are witnessing a step change in how society deals with its own problems, in which government acts … Continue reading

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The Social Embeddedness of the Economy and its Implications for Economic Governance

This chapter examines the social embeddedness and governance of economies from three apparently contrasting but potentially complementary viewpoints. These comprise: first, Polanyi’s pioneering historical analyses of the institutedness, general embeddedness, and the dis- and re-embedding of substantive economic activities; second, … Continue reading

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Decolonizing Indigenous Communities

As Indigenous people we have heard the many half-truths from the federal government and know about the areas of need within our respective reservations on a local and regional basis. We know what we need, and where we lack in … Continue reading

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Social innovation, governance and community building

This publication contains the final report of the project ‘Social innovation, governance and community building’, whose work has primarily contributed to the area ‘Towards social cohesion in Europe’. The report  brings the attention onto the  re-emergence of old basic needs. … Continue reading

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Governance and Complexity – Emerging Issues for Governance Theory

Unexpected epidemics, abrupt catastrophic shifts in biophysical systems, and economic crises that cascade across national borders and regions are events that challenge the steering capacity of governance at all political levels. This article seeks to extend the applicability of governance … Continue reading

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The governance of problems: puzzling, powering, participation

Policy analysis usually gives more attention to problem-solving than problem finding and there is a real threat of mismatch between problem perceptions by citizens and problem definition by their elected and appointed policy makers. Contemporary democracies need to develop a … Continue reading

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Governance, Complexity and Democratic Participation

This article applies complexity theory to urban governance. It is argued that expert-based, hierarchical-instrumental policy making encounters insurmountable obstacles in modern liberal democracies. One of the root causes of this erosion of output legitimacy is the complexity of social systems. … Continue reading

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