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Record number 437832
Title Knowledge governance: an exploration of principles, impact, and barriers
Author(s) Gerritsen, A.L.; Stuiver, M.; Termeer, C.J.A.M.
Source Science and Public Policy 40 (2013)5. - ISSN 0302-3427 - p. 604 - 615.
Department(s) Alterra - Regional development and spatial use
Alterra - Governance
Public Administration and Policy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
Keyword(s) environmental cooperatives - organizations - comanagement - complexity - science - policy - evolution - mode
Abstract Knowledge governance opens new pathways for collective action and is especially suited for solving complex societal problems. This paper analyses knowledge governance in two ways. First, it presents an overview of the literature on this topic with a particular focus on the principles of knowledge governance: self-organization, transdisciplinary knowledge production and dissemination, social learning, reflexivity and boundary management. Secondly, it presents the results of a case study to investigate the impact of, and the barriers to, knowledge governance. The case study is of the Dutch Northern Frisian Woodlands region, where a group of farmers, policy-makers, and scholars engaged in knowledge governance. We found that a limited ability and willingness of participants to commit themselves to the different principles was a major barrier to the functioning of knowledge governance. Furthermore, boundary management and the openness of organizations to learn about and change policies are crucial to gaining impact with knowledge governance.
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