Evolutionary Governance Theory as a tool for finding a middle ground

Activity: Talk or presentation typesTalk or presentation (not at a conference)Academic


A growing number of scientists are exploring co-evolutionary theories of society and governance. Their work fits in longstanding debates about the evolution of societies, as well as more recent ones about adaptive and reflexive governance and about gradual processes of institutional change. In my lecture I will explore how Evolutionary Governance Theory, can offer a novel framework for analyzing governance processes and be useful in finding a middle ground between (social) engineering approaches and laissez-faire economics or ideas of muddling through. I will argue that finding such middle ground seems particularly opportune at a time in which it becomes increasingly clear that the gap between societal ambitions and actual practices is growing and that many governance systems prove to be vulnerable for disruption.
Period19 Dec 2018
Held atMaastricht University, Netherlands
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Governance
  • planning
  • steering
  • institutional change
  • innovation