Assessing the impact of informal governance on political innovation

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The aim of this article is to examine the role played by ‘informal governance’ in shaping political innovation. Informal governance can be defined as a means of decision-making that is un-codified, non-institutional and where social relationships play crucial roles. Drawing on a case study of English devolution in the United Kingdom, this article explores the impact of informal governance on three dimensions of political innovation - innovations in polity (institutions), politics (process) and policy (outcomes). It argues that an analysis of informal governance is essential if we are to fully understand how political innovation occurs. Research evidence suggest that even when formal structures and procedures are weak, political innovation can still thrive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-107
Number of pages18
JournalPublic Management Review
Issue number1
Early online date11 Jul 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2017

Structured keywords

  • PolicyBristolGovernanceAndPublicServices


  • Informal governance
  • political innovation
  • Whitehall
  • Devolution
  • agency
  • democracy
  • innovation
  • institutions

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