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Main Title: The politics of reflexive governance: challenges for designing adaptive management and transition management
Author(s): Voß, Jan-Peter
Bornemann, Basil
Type: Article
Language: English
Language Code: en
Abstract: New concepts of governance take account of ambivalence, uncertainty, and distributed power in societal change. They aim for reflexivity regarding the limits of prognostic knowledge and actual control of complex processes of change. Adaptive management and transition management are two examples that evolved from the analysis of social–ecological and sociotechnical systems, respectively. Both feature strategies of collective experimentation and learning. In this paper, we ask how these two designs of reflexive governance consider politics. Based on a framework of different dimensions and levels of politics, we show that they are mainly concerned with problem solving by a focal process, but conflict and asymmetric power relations, as well as the embedding of processes within broader political contexts, are neglected. We suggest two routes for integrating politics into the design of reflexive governance: (1) recognize the politics of learning for sustainable development and develop safeguards against domination and capture by powerful actors, and (2) systematically consider the embedding of governance designs in political contexts and their ongoing dynamics for political fit.
URI: urn:nbn:de:kobv:83-opus4-66749
http://depositonce.tu-berlin.de/handle/11303/4780
http://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-4483
Issue Date: 2011
Date Available: 25-Jun-2015
DDC Class: 330 Wirtschaft
570 Biowissenschaften; Biologie
Subject(s): Adaptives Management
Gesellschaftliches Lernen
Governance
Politikwissenschaft
Politischer Kontext
Transition Management
Adaptive management
Embedding in political context
Governance design
Politics
Reflexive governance
Societal learning
Transition management
Usage rights: Terms of German Copyright Law
Journal Title: Ecology and Society : a Journal of Integrative Science for Resilience and Sustainability
Publisher: Resilience Alliance
Publisher Place: Wolfville (Canada)
Volume: 16
Issue: 2
Article Number: 9
Notes: This article was first published in the Journal Ecology and Society at http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/: Voß, Jan-Peter; Bornemann, Basil: The politics of reflexive governance: challenges for designing adaptive management and transition management. - In: Ecology and Society : a Journal of Integrative Science for Resilience and Sustainability. - ISSN: 1708-3087 (online). - 16 (2011), 2, art. 9.
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