The Governance Report 2014

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The Governance Report 2014

Editor: Hertie School of Governance

Published by Oxford University Press

What capacities do states need to deal with the challenges of the contemporary age? How can the capacity of public administration be enhanced to meaningfully contribute to public problem-solving? The Governance Report 2014 develops a framework to explore the administrative capacities  of the public sector in OECD countries, analyses how these capacities have been used to develop innovative policy approaches to key governance challenges, and explores governance innovations  to enhance governance capacities. In addition, the Report presents a dashboard of indicators  that assess administrative capacities from multiple perspectives. The Governance Report 2014 advances the debate on the problem-solving capacity of the modern state in the light of ongoing and future challenges.

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The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State: Governance Challenges and Administrative Capacities

Editors: Martin Lodge and Kai Wegrich

Published by Oxford University Press

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, it is the cumulative challenge of fiscal austerity, demographic developments, and climate change that presents the key test. Debates abound regarding the state’s ability to address these and other problems given increasingly dispersed forms of governing and institutional vulnerabilities. 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 volume—the second in a series of annual editions tackling different aspects of governance—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 features chapters that focus on the way in which these capacities have become stretched and how they have been adjusted; the way in which different states have addressed particular governance challenges , with particular attention paid to the required administrative capacities; and, finally, types of governance capacities that lie outside the boundaries of the state.

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We are grateful to the Hertie Foundation, Evonik, and Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond who have provided the financial and other resources that make the Report’s development and production possible.


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Regina List

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