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Complex Governance Networks
Foundational Concepts and Practical Implications

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ISBN 9780367513283
February 17, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
248 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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: publicness, the state, rationality, 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.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part 1: Concepts

2. Governance

3. Governance Networks

4. Complexity

Part 2: A Complex Governance Networks Conceptualizations

5. Introduction of the Conceptualization

6. Micro Units

7. Micro to Macro

8. Macro to Micro

Part 3: Implications of the Complex Governance Networks Conceptualization for Key Issues in Governance

9. Wicked Problems and Effectiveness

10. Accountability

11. Democracy


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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.