A PG by Any Other Name

Popular aliases for polycentric governance

Many named forms of governance closely resemble the Bloomington School concept of polycentric governance–federalism, adaptive governance, collaborative governance, network governance, multi-level governance, regime clusters, and nexus governance.

In this video, each of these, and a few lesser-known aliases, are introduced and compared to full-fledged polycentric governance (or PG), leading to the conclusion that there is indeed something distinctive about PG as conceptualized by Vincent Ostrom and others working in the Bloomington School.

PG stands as an ideal type that integrates advantages of each of these other, incomplete, but still important, variants and holds out promise for transcending their limitations.


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