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GovInn - Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation

How does governance evolve and innovate? Can current crises become opportunities to re-think our social, political and economic governance?

In this regard, studying governance innovation means looking at the vast field of how decisions are taken in public institutions, private companies and civil society organizations to identify new ideas, processes and initiatives. Moreover, it implies favouring an open debate on the new frontiers of governance and the potential evolutions of our societies.

Crises, especially those of a ‘global’ nature, have triggered unprecedented developments in governance. Accountability crises and democratic deficits have brought about popular uprisings and reorientations of traditional power structures, as the 2011 Arab Spring demonstrates. Financial crises have been leading to power shifts at the global level and to new innovative processes at the national/local level, where traditional interests are increasingly challenged by changing grassroots needs. Finally, the climate crisis poses fundamental questions to our political, economic and social life, and requires a profound rethinking of the pillars upon which contemporary societies are built.

The field of governance innovation holds a huge potential for policy research as it presents scholars and practitioners with a wide variety of topics that strike to the core of what decision-making is all about. Interestingly, it is still a relatively ‘free’ field of research, with limited competition to date. Hence, the timing is ripe for the constitution of a research institution dedicated to the study of governance innovation, especially in Africa, where policy evolutions are exerting an important impact on social and economic life, thus (re)shaping the future of the continent.

The Centre for Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) is the first research institution in Africa dedicated entirely to governance innovation. It focuses not only on cutting-edge research, but it is also an ‘innovation laboratory’ capable of generating new thinking about governance processes and attract governance innovators from all over the world. In short, GovInn is an intellectual ‘inn’ for innovation in governance.
GovInn hosts international workshop on Regulatory Impact Assessment
GovInn hosted an international workshop with OECD and World Bank specialists on the pros and cons …

Added: April 12, 2014
Listen to the recent interview about How Numbers Rule the World
Prof. Fioramonti was recently interviewed by the British Pod Academy on the politics of numbers. …

Added: April 12, 2014
Prof. Fioramonti interviewed by German TV ZDF on Transatlantic Free Trade Area
GovInn director, Lorenzo Fioramonti, was recently interviewed by ZDF about the risks of the …

Added: March 21, 2014
From blogging Innovation : Out of the box
The politics of numbers
By: GovInn on February 18, 2014

The inherent power of numbers explains why all sorts of data, good or bad, can become a potent weapon to shape complacency and subservience in society.

Welfare cuts have become a common phenomenon in the age of austerity, especially in Europe, where conservative policies carry the day. As with the cuts recently proposed by George Osborne in the UK, these reforms hit the …

Whose Crisis? Whose Future
By: Susan George on October 12, 2013
GovInn was officially launched on Monday 20 May 2013. Social activist, writer and political scientist Susan George delivered the keynote address at the event. Ms George is the president of the Transnational Institute and the honorary president of ATTAC (the global association for the taxation of financial transactions). She is the author of best-sellers such as How the Other Half Dies: The Real Reasons for World Hunger (Penguin, 1976) and A Fate Worse Than Debt (Penguin, 1988). In …
The BRICS and Africa's Growth Dilemma
By: GovInn on April 1, 2013

The growth debate rages on throughout the African continent. Ever since the international consulting company McKinsey published its widely cited report ‘Lions on the Move’ in 2010 and The Economist popularized Africa’s growth statistics (especially sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP projections), there has been a palpable sense of pride in what used …