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Interactive Political LeadershipThe Role of Politicians in the Age of Governance$
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Eva Sørensen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198777953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198777953.001.0001

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Leadership in the Age of Governance

Leadership in the Age of Governance

(p.13) 2 Leadership in the Age of Governance
Interactive Political Leadership

Eva Sørensen

Oxford University Press

Building on an extensive literature on interactive governance, Chapter 2 explains what it entails to be in the age of governance and scrutinizes the implications for the performance of public leadership. A key message is that public leadership increasingly takes on the form of metagovernance, i.e. the governance of governance. As meta-governors, public leaders govern self-regulating actors through different hands-off and hands-on regulation methods. Forty years of government reforms have gradually restructured the public sector to support the performance of metagovernance, and inspiration came from different strands of neo-institutionalism. Metagovernance research has mainly focused on managerial metagovernance, however, while paying scant attention to political metagovernance and the role of politicians as leaders of interactive governance processes. Recent strands of political leadership theory provide important insights for developing a notion of political metagovernance and get to grips with the role of politicians in the age of governance.

Keywords:   age of governance, new public management, new public governance, metagovernance, networks, partnerships

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