Inducing institutional change through projects? : Three models of projectified governance

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Munck af Rosenschold , J 2019 , ' Inducing institutional change through projects? Three models of projectified governance ' , Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning , vol. 21 , no. 4 , pp. 333-344 . https://doi.org/10.1080/1523908X.2019.1606702

Title: Inducing institutional change through projects? : Three models of projectified governance
Author: Munck af Rosenschold, Johan
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Date: 2019-07-04
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning
ISSN: 1523-908X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/306504
Abstract: The study of short-term projects to implement policy has lately gained ground among scholars of environmental governance and public administration. The increasing reliance on and prevalence of projects, or ‘projectification’, has spurred critical debates on the ability of projects to contribute to long-term goals, including sustainability, as well as institutional change. Yet, the literature on projectification lacks specificity in terms of how projects are understood, how the relationship between projects and permanent organizations looks like, and how projects can influence institutional orders. The aim of this paper is to systematize the literature in order to uncover the process of transforming project outputs into institutional change. Three models of projectified governance – mechanistic, organic, and adaptive – is presented, providing a conceptual apparatus that advances the study of projects in environmental policy and governance. The paper argues that the adaptive model, with its reliance on multi-scalar networks for the coordination of project activities and knowledge, shows most promise in achieving institutional change to address complex environmental problems.
Subject: Governance
project
projectification
institutional change
environment
ADAPTIVE GOVERNANCE
RETHINKING
INNOVATION
NETWORKS
POLITICS
519 Social and economic geography
611 Philosophy
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