A Framework for Governance Capacity: A Broad Perspective on Steering Efforts in Society

Jitske van Popering-Verkerk*, Astrid Molenveld, Michael Duijn, Corniel van Leeuwen, Arwin van Buuren

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Abstract

In the network society, the capacity to deal with societal issues is spread among interacting actors in governance networks. Knowledge about this capacity, often called “governance capacity,” is still fragmented and quite incoherent. The aim of this study is therefore to gain an integrated understanding of governance capacity. To do this, we conducted a literature review and organized focus groups. This resulted in the selection of five elements of governance capacity: (1) collective action, (2) coordination, (3) resilience, (4) learning, and (5) resources. We used these elements to form the first contours of a governance capacity framework.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1767-1794
Number of pages28
JournalAdministration and Society
Volume54
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022

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