1st Edition

Complex Governance Networks Foundational Concepts and Practical Implications

By Göktuğ Morçöl Copyright 2023
    242 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    What are the roles of governments and other actors in solving, or alleviating, collective action problems in today’s world? The traditional conceptual frameworks of public administration and public policy studies have become less relevant in answering this question. This book critically assesses traditional conceptual frameworks and proposes an alternative: a complex governance networks (CGN) framework.

    Advocating that complexity theory should be systematically integrated with foundational concepts of public administration and public policy, Göktuğ Morçöl begins by clarifying the component concepts of CGN and then addresses the implications of CGN for key issues in public administration and policy studies: effectiveness, accountability, and democracy. He illustrates the applicability of the CGN concepts with examples for the COVID-19 pandemic and metropolitan governance, particularly the roles of business improvement districts in governance processes. Morçöl concludes by discussing the implications of CGN for the convergence of public administration and public policy education and offering suggestions for future studies using the CGN conceptualization.

    Complex Governance Networks is essential reading for both scholars and advanced students of public policy, public administration, public affairs, and related areas.

    1. Introduction

    Part I: Concepts

    2. Governance

    3. Governance Networks

    4. Complexity

    Part II: A Complex Governance Networks Conceptualization

    5. Introduction of the Conceptualization

    6. Micro Units

    7. Micro to Macro

    8. Macro to Micro: Background and Conceptualizations of Downward Causation

    Part III: Implications of the Complex Governance Networks Conceptualization for Key Issues in Governance

    9. Wicked Problems and Effectiveness

    10. Accountability

    11. Democracy

    Conclusions: A Summary of the Book’s Contents


    Göktuğ Morçöl is Professor of Public Policy and Administration at The Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg. His research interests are complexity theory, metropolitan governance, business improvement districts, and research methodology. He teaches courses in research methods, program evaluation, and policy analysis.