2019Teil eines Buches DOI: 10.18452/21600
Examining Governance Situations Using A Polycentricity Lens
Because many types of governance can be polycentric, an observer faces a challenge in trying to identify and understand polycentric governance in actual settings. This chapter adopts the perspective of thinking about polycentricity as a lens through which to view governance situations. We take an inquiry approach, considering how one might determine whether and in what ways a given governance situation demonstrates the characteristics of polycentric governance. We proceed through a series of questions an observer could pose as part of 'seeing polycentrically', i.e., looking at the aspects and dimensions of polycentric governance introduced in Stephan, Marshall, and McGinnis as a way of building an understanding of a governance situation. We attempt to describe why these queries are important and how posing and answering these questions helps in examining and understanding the situation. We close the chapter by considering the challenges of assessing the operation of polycentric governance arrangements.
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This material has been published in 'Governing Complexity: Analyzing and Applying Polycentricity', edited by Andreas Thiel, William A. Blomquist and Dustin E. Garrick, as chapter 2 (pages 45–64), https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108325721.003. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use. © Cambridge University Press, 2019