Governance in Turbulent Times

Hardcover | March 17, 2017

EditorChristopher K. Ansell, Jarle Trondal, Morten Ogard

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What are the conditions for political development and decay, and the likelihood of sustained political order? What are the limits of established rule as we know it? How much stress can systems tackle before they reach some kind of limit? How do governments tackle enduring ambiguity anduncertainty in their systems and environments? These are some of the big questions of our time. Governance in turbulent times may serve as a stress-test of well-known ways of governing in the 21st century. Governance in Turbulent Times discusses this pertinent challenge and suggests how governments and organizations cope with and live with turbulence. The book explores how organizations and institutions respond to precipitous, conflicting, and novel-in short, turbulent-governance challenges. This bookis a comprehensive and ground-breaking endeavor to understand how governance systems respond to turbulent challenges, and how turbulent times provide excellent opportunities to investigate the sustainability of governance systems. The book illustrates how politics, administrative scale andcomplexity, uncertainty, and time constraints can collide to produce turbulence. Building on prior work in organization theory and political science, we argue that turbulence refers to four properties related to the interaction of demands for action: variability, consistency, expectation, andunpredictability. Turbulence occurs where the interaction of demands is experienced as highly variable, inconsistent, unexpected, and/or unpredictable.

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What are the conditions for political development and decay, and the likelihood of sustained political order? What are the limits of established rule as we know it? How much stress can systems tackle before they reach some kind of limit? How do governments tackle enduring ambiguity anduncertainty in their systems and environments? Thes...

Christopher Ansell is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Pragmatist Democracy: Evolutionary Learning as Public Philosophy (OUP, 2011) and Schism and Solidarity in Social Movements (CUP, 2000). His fields of interest include organization theory, political sociology, public admin...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pagesPublished:March 17, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Christopher Ansell, Jarle Trondal, and Morten Ogard: Turbulent GovernancePART I: TURBULENCE: CONCEPTUAL LENSES2. Christopher Ansell, David Levi-Faur, and Jarle Trondal: An Organization-Institutional Approach to Governance3. Jarle Trondal: Organized Turbulence4. Christopher Ansell: Turbulence, Adaptation, and ChangePART II: FIELDS OF OBSERVATION5. Christopher Ansell and Martin Bartenberger: Tackling Unruly Public Problems6. Martina McCowan: Turbulent Times for Ministries of Finance7. Jarle Trondal: Governance in Turbulent Administrative Systems8. Jozef Batora: Turbulence and War: Private Military Corporations as Interstitial Organizations and Re-Institutionalization of War-Making9. Linda Hye and Morten Ogard: Problem-Solving at the Local Level in Turbulent Times10. Trond Petersen, Andrew Penner, and Geir Hogsnes: The Impact of Family Policies during Turbulent Times11. Paul R.Schulman: On the Future of High Reliability Organizations in an Age of Turbulence12. Emery Roe: Managing Policy MessesPART III: CONCLUSION13. Christopher Ansell and Jarle Trondal: Coping with Turbulence