Rethinking Governance in a World of Complexity

27-28 June 2013

The changes currently under way in the international system have not only brought with them ever-greater complexity and a challenge to national actors to position themselves in global arenas and co-ordinate their actions at this level. They are also having repercussions on the form, content, and conduct of national governments. The international workshop ‘Rethinking Governance in a World of Complexity’, organized jointly by Professor David Chandler and Professor Tobias Debiel, addressed a number of issues arising from the discourse on governance in the context of growing complexity.

The workshop included three panel-discussions looking at selected aspects of governing complexity, taking as their frames of references late modern and fragile societies and their connectedness through distant forms of governance:

Panel 1: Embedded governance and bureaucratic vitalism in complex societies
Panel 2: Resilience as a distant form of governance: Discourses and practices at the security/development interface
Panel 3: Resilience: Vulnerability and adaptation: New perspectives on security research

Following on from this, there have been two further rounds of discussion on the themes: ‘Reframing governance research’ and ‘From regulation to resilience? New perspectives on governing complexity’.

The workshop took place immediately after the 6th Käte Hamburger Lecture, ‘Rethinking State Power and Governance in a World of Complexity’, given by Professor Robert Jessop (University of Lancaster).  

Venue: H2Office, Schifferstr. 196, 47057 Duisburg