Practice-Oriented Reflection on Governance

  • Marta Strumińska-Kutra


A shift towards governance taking place in public management and policy making implies among others the creation of new collaborative institutions that enable democratizing processes. The shift involves institutional change and requires public administration to learn to cooperate with citizens and organized interest groups. The process of learning and institutional change is refracted through practicalities embedded in existing institutions and power struggles between diverse actors involved in governance processes. A scholarly activity relevant for governance practitioners cannot ignore these contextual conditions of governance. A theoretical framework is needed which captures the practice of governance and links it to a wider social and institutional context. While focusing on development of a practice-based theory through case studies, author offers a wider reflection on the role of social research for governance practice.


Theory practice gap Power Institutional change Learning Institutionalization of learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marta Strumińska-Kutra
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Kozminski UniversityWarsawPoland
  2. 2.VID Specialized UniversityOsloNorway

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