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Governing Complexity in Times of Turbulence


Jarle Trondal, Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science and Management, University of Agder and University of Oslo, ARENA Centre for European Studies, Norway

Robyn Keast, Professor, Faculty of Business, Law and Arts, David Noble, Associate Professor, Faculty of Business, Law and Arts, Southern Cross University, Australia

Rómulo Pinheiro, Professor of Public Administration, Department of Political Science and Management, University of Agder, Norway


This book provides an understanding of how public organizations adapt to and manage situations characterized by fluidity, ambiguity, complexity and unclear technologies, thus exploring public governance in times of turbulence.

An impressive selection of scholars present their research on governance in turbulent times and explore how public organizations adapt flexibly in turbulent situations. The editors introduce a diverse analytical toolkit contributing not only to an understanding of the role of complexity in public governance, but also suggesting how organizational formats may serve as usable design tools available to decision-makers in the pursuit of sustainable and responsible governance. Chapters explore a variety of topics and cases including artificial intelligence, antimicrobial resistance and sexuality education.

Providing a broad coverage of empirical cases and a global outlook, this book will be an excellent read for scholars and practitioners in political science and public administration, as well as policy makers with interests in governance, leadership and citizen engagement.