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The Problem-solving Capacity of the Modern State: Governance Challenges and Administrative Capacities

Martin Lodge and Kai Wegrich


The early 21st century has presented considerable challenges to the problem-solving capacity of the contemporary state in the industrialised world. Among the many uncertainties, it is the cumulative challenge of fiscal austerity, demographic developments, and climate change that presents the key test. Debates abound regarding the state’s ability to address these and other problems given increasingly dispersed forms of governing and institutional vulnerabilities. This volume advances these debates, first, by moving towards a cross-sectoral perspective that takes into account the cumulative natu ... More

Keywords: governance, administrative capacities, governance challenges, innovations, problem-solving capacity, public administration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198716365
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198716365.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Lodge, editor
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Department of Government and the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science

Kai Wegrich, editor
Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy, Hertie School of Governance

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1 Introduction

Martin Lodge and Kai Wegrich

Part I Administrative Capacities

2 Delivery Capacity

Peter Hupe and Michael Hill

3 Coordination Capacity

Kai Wegrich and Vid Štimac

4 Regulatory Capacity

Martin Lodge

5 Analytical Capacity

Salvador Parrado

6 Management Capacity and Performance in European Public Administrations1

Gerhard Hammerschmid, Vid Štimac, and Kai Wegrich

Part II Challenges and Capacities in Key Policy Areas

7 Demographic Change and Welfare State Restructuring

Michaela Kreyenfeld and Anika Rasner

8 Sustainability

Andrea Lenschow

Part III Capacities and Innovations beyond the State

13 Collaborative Innovation and Governance Capacity

Eva Sørensen and Jacob Torfing

15 Conclusion

Martin Lodge and Kai Wegrich

End Matter