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Bryson et al 2017 on polycentric governance and complexity


“[T]he new world is a polycentric, multi-nodal, multi-sector, multi-level, multi-actor, multi-logic, multi-media, multi-practice place characterised by complexity, dynamism, uncertainty and ambiguity in which a wide range of actors are engaged in public value creation and do so in shifting configurations.” P. 641 in John Bryson, Alessandro Sancino, John Benington, and Eva Sorensen (2017) “Towards a Multi-Actor Theory of Public Value Co-Creation.” Public Management Review. Volume 19, Number 5, pp. 640-654. doi:10.1080/14719037.2016.1192164



  1. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14719037.2016.1192164
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    ABSTRACT: This essay suggests changes to the theory of public value and, in particular, the strategic triangle framework, in order to adapt it to an emerging world where policy makers and managers in the public, private, voluntary and informal community sectors have to somehow separately and jointly create public value. One set of possible changes concerns what might be in the centre of the strategic triangle besides the public manager. Additional suggestions are made concerning how multiple actors, levels, arenas and/or spheres of action, and logics might be accommodated. Finally, possibilities are outlined for how the strategic triangle might be adapted to complex policy fields in which there are multiple, often conflicting organizations, interests and agendas. In other words, how might politics be more explicitly accommodated. The essay concludes with a number of research suggestions.
    KEYWORDS: Public value, strategic triangle, multi-actor, co-production

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