Participation and public sector innovation

Photo: Tahrir Square, 2011 (Jonathan Rashard, Wikimedia Commons)

The third line of research is concerned with governance innovation related to the strengthening of political participation and rethinking the role of the public sector in development.

Research in this line is informed by the awareness that policy making and regulation in the public sector have undergone quite important changes as a consequence of both increasing global interdependencies and changing relations among social and economic actors.The resulting shifts in governance have stimulated claims to authority of actors outside the traditional domain of policy making and regulation.

The role of politics in general, and of participation in political processes has changed as part of the more encompassing shifts in governance. Political parties, which had previously been seen as the (normatively) preferred vehicles of interest articulation and aggregation, are facing competition from other groups. As a result, citizens have obtained a wider range of choices to influence political decision making.

Public sector transformations

The third line of research within the programme focuses on transformations in the public sector.

Such transformations impact on the role of government in public policy making, particularly in view of the growing importance of other actors, the tools and instruments available for the public sector in the ‘authoritative allocation for and on behalf of society’, as reflected in new modalities of steering and directing, including devolution and decentralization.

The changing role of politics in general, and of political parties more specifically, modifies the opportunities for citizens to participate in decision making.

GGSJ researchers and contact

Researchers involved in this line of research are:

Wil Hout, Karim Knio, Mohamed Salih, Sunil Tankha, Joop de Wit and PhD students Eduardo Chilundo, Mariana Cifuentes Montoya, Adriano Nuvunga, Rafaela Rigoni de Quadros, Rafael Rosa Cedro, Fulgencio Lucas Seda and Anggun Susilo and Yang Ting.

For more information contact Wil Hout