Network Governance

[This information is from the course manual of 2020, it will be updated soon] 

Transformations of state and society over the last 3 decades have increased the importance of al kind of horizontal forms of governance (under headings like network governance, collaborative governance etc.) in formulating, determining and implementing public policy and service delivery. The governance networks (including partnerships and the recent rise of the idea of coproduced public services), in which these processes take place engage public, private and civil society actors at transnational, national, regional and local scales in shaping the future of our societies. These however may fail due to many causes. Network management is often mentioned to mitigate the risk of failure and enable governance networks to achieve
desired outcomes in terms of more effective and democratic governance and more innovation policy
making.

Research into network and collaborative governance is now firmly established all over the world. It is offering important opportunities for theoretical and methodological development, and for the generation of new knowledge with both academic and policy relevance. National and local differences demonstrate the need for theoretically and methodologically sound comparative research. This course is offered by the Netherlands School of Government (NIG) in cooperation with the International Research Society of Public Management (IRSPM). It will bring together PhD students and
leading academics from both networks, but also be open for PhD students from other countries. It will create a learning community in which PhD students will:

  • Develop their analytical understanding of governance networks;
  • Strengthen their theoretical and methodological knowledge;
  • Test their ideas and conclusions through dialogue with leading researchers;
  • Contextualize their research in a comparative, multi-national setting;
  • Have a chance to present and gain feedback on their research;
  • Build an international network of young researchers in the field.