Much ado about new forms of governance – what’s behind it?

Governance in the making

The innovation in governance research group is a network of researchers who study governance in terms of how collective orders are (re)configured in intertwined processes of knowing and doing.

The focus is on the practical work of articulating and maintaining collective knowledges and  agencies, facts and norms, epistemic and political authority, or science and politics. How do practices of representing objective reality and collective will contribute to the making and shaping of collective order?

Activities in the years 2008-2014 were supported through the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) for a project based at the Technische Universität Berlin. Further projects are under development. In the meanwhile the group’s agenda is pursued in joint publications, workshops, conference panels, colloquia, extended coffee breaks, dinner parties and nocturnal street corner debates.


December 2015: “Knowing Governance. The epistemic construction of political order” – new book published

What does it do to the world to know it? What does it do to governance and politics to know them one or the other way? A collection of contributions to Innovation in Governance conferences and seminar series treats these broader questions in empirical case studies which follow the making of knowledge about governance – in state theory, European integration studies, evaluations of global governance, policy advice on ‘nudging’, the design of environmental market instruments, public participation tools and impact assessment procedures, the training of practical negotiation skills, and the production of policy reviews at the OECD. 

May 2014: “Challenging futures of governance instruments of" – reports from constructive assessment workshops now online

Two workshops in April 2013 scrutinized ongoing innovation processes for “biodiversity offsetting” as an instrument of nature protection, and “citizen panels” as an instrument of public participation. Each comprised 25 people who are practically involved in different roles and with, in parts, starkly diverging concerns and aspirations. Discussions from each workshop brought up “critical issues” which should be considered as part of an extended innovation agenda that highlight wider repercussions and political implications of future developments for each instrument.


Upcoming Events

17 June 2016: "Participation in phases of the innovation process"

ITAS, Karlsruhe

31 August - 3 September 2016: "Social studides of politics. Making collectives by all possible means."

4S/EASST, Barcelona Convention Centre

7 - 10 September 2016: "Working for authority"

Charles University, Prague