Doing What’s Necessary: How Encounters in Practice Shape and Improve Interactive Governance
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Interactive governance has rapidly been institutionalized in the public sector, but cannot guarantee productive dynamics and positive outcomes. This chapter argues that making interactive governance work hinges on how it takes shape through encounters in daily practice. In their interactions, stakeholders can enact pre-determined institutional interests, procedures and routines (logic of the organization) or a process of discovering how to best address the needs and dynamics at hand (law of the situation). This framework is empirically grounded in and practically illustrated by the case of a Neighborhood Practice Team (Buurt Praktijk Team – BPT) in Amsterdam-West. The analysis critically appraises its successful practice of ‘doing what’s necessary’: following the needs of the residents and the dynamics of the neighborhood rather than abiding by pre-set interests, goals and procedures. The chapter explains how this works, what challenges it runs into, and why it makes a difference.
|Title of host publication||Critical Reflections on Interactive Governance|
|Subtitle of host publication||Self-organization and Participation in Public Governance|
|Editors||Jurian Edelenbos, Ingmar Van Meerkerk|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|