The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State: Governance Challenges and Administrative Capacities by Kai WegrichThe Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State: Governance Challenges and Administrative Capacities by Kai Wegrich

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EditorKai Wegrich, Martin Lodge

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The early 21st century has presented considerable challenges to the problem-solving capacity of the contemporary state in the industrialised world. Among the many uncertainties, anxieties and tensions, it is, however, the cumulative challenge of fiscal austerity, demographic developments, andclimate change that presents the key test for contemporary states. Debates abound regarding the state's ability to address these and other problems given increasingly dispersed forms of governing and institutional vulnerabilities created by politico-administrative and economic decision-makingstructures. This volume advances these debates, first, by moving towards a cross-sectoral perspective that takes into account the cumulative nature of the contemporary challenge to governance focusing on the key governance areas of infrastructure, sustainability, social welfare, and social integration; second,by considering innovations that have sought to add problem-solving capacity; and third, by exploring the kind of administrative capacities (delivery, regulatory, coordination, and analytical) required to encourage and sustain innovative problem-solving. This edition introduces a framework for understanding the four administrative capacities that are central to any attempt at problem-solving and how they enable the policy instruments of the state to have their intended effect. It also features chapters that focus on the way in which these capacitieshave become stretched and how they have been adjusted, given the changing conditions; the way in which different states have addressed particular governance challenges, with particular attention paid to innovation at the level of policy instrument and the required administrative capacities; and,finally, types of governance capacities that lie outside the boundaries of the state.

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Title:The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State: Governance Challenges and Administrative…Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0 inPublished:November 23, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Martin Lodge and Kai Wegrich: Introduction: Governance Innovation, Administrative Capacities, and Policy InstrumentsPart I Administrative Capacities2. Peter Hupe and Michael Hill: Delivery Capacity3. Kai Wegrich and Vid Stimac: Coordination Capacity4. Martin Lodge: Regulatory Capacity5. Salvador Parrado: Analytical Capacity6. Gerhard Hammerschmid, Vid Stimac, and Kai Wegrich: Management Capacity and Performance in European Public AdministrationsPart II Challenges and Capacities in Key Policy Areas7. Michaela Kreyenfeld and Anika Rasner: Demographic Change and Welfare State Restructuring8. Andrea Lenschow: Sustainability: Innovations through Sector Integration and New Instruments9. Jacint Jordana: Governance Dilemmas of the Contemporary State: The Politics of Infrastructure PolicyPart III Capacities and Innovations Beyond the State10. Marco Verweij: Wicked Problems, Clumsy Solutions and Messy Institutions in Transnational Governance11. Nico Krisch: Capacity and Constraint: Governance Through International and Transnational Law12. Eva Heidbreder: Administrative Capacities in the EU: Consequences of Multi-level Policy-Making13. Eva Sorensen and Jacob Torfing: Collaborative Innovation and Governance Capacity14. Kira Matus: Capacity, Innovation and their Interaction in Multi-stakeholder Sustainability Initiatives15. Martin Lodge and Kai Wegrich: Conclusion: Problem-Solving Capacity and the Modern State