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The Crisis of Democratic Governance. What we can Learn from Managing the Pandemic?

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Thursday 11th June 2020 (19:00-20:00)

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In this session, we will consider with Professor John Holmwood how governance over the last two decades has shifted from hierarchical bureaucratic management with local government oversight to a dispersed, networked form of governance by multiple agencies and actors but without strong local government involvement.

Chair and facilitator

Sharon Clancy and John Holford 


This session is about the changing nature of governance, introduced under the ideas of ‘new public management’.

This has placed more emphasis on a variety of providers of services, with local authorities acting as commissioners of services rather than providers. Increasingly, however, local authority oversight has also been removed and assigned to independent agencies with regional organisations that are different across agencies making coordinated working more difficult.

The new ‘networked governance’ is praised for its dynamism and innovation, but appears to have fallen apart during the pandemic crisis. The contrast here is with Germany where governance during the crisis has performed very well.



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