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Experimentalist Governance in Public Policy

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This entry introduces unfamiliar readers to “experimentalist governance”, an analytically distinctive form of governance that is presented as a normatively desirable alternative to conventional hierarchical governance and that, in line with the American pragmatism by which it draws inspiration, is generally defined as “recursive policymaking and revision based on inclusive review of implementation experience”. The entry begins by briefly discussing two concepts – “directly-deliberative polyarchy” and “democratic experimentalism” – that are largely equivalent to experimentalist governance, but which have appeared earlier and with different emphasises. Then, it concentrates on the “classic” experimentalist governance architecture, taking pains to set boundaries between this and other major concepts in public policy. That is to say, explaining what experimentalist governance is, and what it is not. Finally, the entry looks at recent trends, namely the emergence of a “simplified”...

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Rangoni, B. (2024). Experimentalist Governance in Public Policy. In: van Gerven, M., Rothmayr Allison, C., Schubert, K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Public Policy. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-90434-0_16-1

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