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Innovation in Governance


2008-2014, the innovation in governance group pursued research on the emergence, development and expansion of new forms of governance. It put a focus on the intertwining of epistemic and political work in the (re)making of collective orders.

Relevant research was carried out in various traditions, such as interpretive political science and policy studies, governmentality studies, political and organizational sociology, sociology of knowledge and science and technology studies.

The work of the group was supported by a project grant from the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), Social-Ecological Research Programme to investigate the innovation dynamics of governance instruments in the wider family of environmental markets and public participation methods.


The overarching aim of the research group is to establish a research approach for investigateng the emergence, development and expansion of new forms of governance. To this end, empirical investigations will focus the development of policy instruments from two different families: Tredable permit schemes (e.g. emissions trading, biodiversity credits) and deliberative procedures (e.g. citizens' juries and scenario workshops). The group's work is guided by the following research questions:

  • How do new forms of governance emerge? How do they develop and expand?
  • How do new forms of governance interact with existing governance structures?
  • How do innovations in governance interact with social-ecological transformation processes?
  • How can innovation processes in governace be anticipated and shaped? Three closely-related sub-aims define the scope of the project: (1) The development of a theoretically founded process model on innovations in governance, (2) The empirical reconstruction of innovation processes and (3) Transdisciplinary strategy development for the design of innovations in governance


Jan-Peter Voss 
Principal Investigator

Carsten Mann, Nina Amelung, Arno Simons, Sebastián Ureta
Research Associates

Thomas Crowe, Britta Morich
Project Manager

Louisa Grabner, Dzifa Ametowobla, Jan Hussels, Fabian Schroth, Till Runge, Andreas Veltens
Research Assistants

Mare-Laure Djelic, Anita Engels, Frank Fischer, Patrick Le Galès, Sigrid Quack, Werner Rammert, Arie Rip, Andy Stirling
Advisory Board

Stefan Aykut, Nicolas Baya Laffite, Endre Danyi, David Kocman, Linda Soneryd, Sonja van der Arendt, Eleftheria Vasileiadou
Research Fellows


articles in refereed journals

Voss, J.-P., Simons, A. (2018): A novel understanding of experimentation in governance: co-producing innovations between "lab" and "field". Policy Sciences 51 (2), 213-229

Simons, A., Voss, J.-P. (2017): The concept of instrument constituencies: accounting for dynamics and practices of knowing governance. Policy and Society 37 (1), 14-35 

Ureta, S. (2016): A failed platform. The consensus travels to Chile. Public Understanding of Science 25 (4), 499-511

Voss, J.-P., Amelung, N. (2016): Innovating public participation methods: technoscientization and reflexive engagement. Social Studies of Science 46 (5), 749-772

Mann, C. (2015): Strategies for sustainable policy design: Constructive assessment of biodiversity offsets and banking. Ecosystem Services 16: 266-274

Mann, C., Loft, L., Hansjuergens, B. (2015): Governance of Ecosystem Services: Lessons learned for sustainable institutions. Ecosystem Services 16: 275-281

Mann, C., Absher, J.D. (2014): Strategies for adjusting policies to institutional, cultural and biophysical context conditions: The case of conservation banking in California. Journal of Land Use Policy 36, 73-82

Simons, A., Lis, A., Lippert, I. (2014): The political duality of scale-making in environmental markets. Environmental Politics 23 (4), 632-649

Voss, J.-P. (2014): Performative policy studies: realizing "transition management". Innovation - The European Journal of Social Science Research 27 (4): 317-343

Voss, J.-P., Simons, A. (2014): Instrument constituencies and the supply-side of policy innovation. Environmental Politics 23 (5), 735-775

Penker, M., Enengel, B., Mann, C., Aznar, O. (2013): Understanding landscape stewardship - lessons to be learned from public service economics. Journal of Agricultural Economics 64 (1), 54-72

Rip, A., Voss, J.-P. (2013): Umbrella terms as mediators in the governance of emerging science and technology. Science, Technology and Innovation Studies 9 (2), 39-59

Ureta, S. (2013). "Because in Chile [carbon] markets work!" Exploring an experimental implementation of an emissions trading scheme to deal with industrial air pollution in Santiago. Economy and society 43 (2), 285-306

Amelung, N. (2012). The emergence of citizen panels as a de facto standard. Quaderni 79, 13-28. 

Voss, J.-P., Bornemann, B. (2011). The Politics of Reflexive Governance: Challenges for Designing Adaptive Management and Transition Management. Ecology and Society 16 (2), 9

Amblard, L., Mann, C. (2011). Ex-ante Institutional compatibility assessment for policies - first insights from a case study of the Nitrate Directive in Auvergne, France. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 54 (5), 661-84

Smith, A., Voss, J.-P., Grin, J. (2010). Innovation and Sustainability Transitions. Special section. Research Policy 39 (4)



Voss, J.-P. and Freeman, R. (eds.) (2016): Knowing governance. The epistemic construction of political order. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.


chapters in books

Voss, J.-P. (2019): Re-making the modern constitution: The case for an observatory on public engagement practices. In: Simon, D., Kuhlmann, S., Stamm, J., Canzler, W.  (eds.): Handbook of Science and Public Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Aykut, S., Voss, J.-P. (2019): Innovationen in Politik und Governance. In: Blaettel-Mink, B., Schulz-Schaeffer, I., Windeler, A. (Hrsg.): Handbuch Innovationsforschung. Sozialwissenschaftliche Perspektiven. Wiesbaden: SpringerVS

Voss, J.-P., Simons, A. (2018): Instrument constituencies. Promoting Policy Designs. In: Howlett, M. and Mukherjee, I. (eds.): Handbook of Policy Design. London: Routledge. 180-200

Voss, J.-P., Schroth, F. (2018): Experimentation: the politics of innovation and learning in polycentric governance. In: Jordan, A., Huitema, D., Forster, J. (eds.): Governing Climate Change - Polycentricity in Action. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 99-134

Voss, J.-P. (2018): Big Data als epistemische Innovation? Kulturell-kognitiv hergestellte Erwartungen durch Big Data. In: Heil, R., Kolany-Raiser, B., Orwat, C. (Hrsg.): Big Data und Gesellschaft. Eine multidisziplinaere Annaeherung. Wiesbaden: Springer. 151-231

Mann, C., Voss, J.-P. (2018): Challenging futures: concepts for engaging with dynamics of policy instrument design. In: Padmanahban, M. (ed.): Transdisciplinarity for Sustainability. London: Routledge. 267-289

Voss, J.-P. (2018): Innovating governance. Epistemic and political reflexivities in the re-making of democracy. In: Rammert, W., Hutter, M., Knoblauch, H., Windeler, A. (eds.): Innovation society today. Wiesbaden: Verlag fuer Sozialwissenschaften. 295-321 (translated and revised version of Voss 2016: Governance-Innovationen).

Simons, A., Voss, J.-P. (2017): Policy instrument constituencies. In: Howlett, M., Mukherjee, I. (eds.): Handbook of Policy Formulation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 355-372

Simons, A. (2016): Fact-making in permit markets: Document nteworks as infrastructires of emissions trading. In: Voss, J.-P., Freeman, R. (eds.):  Knowing governance. The epistemic construction of political order. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. 177-194

Soneryd, L., Amelung, N. (2016): Translating Participation: Scenario workshops ans citizens' juries across situations and contexts. In: Voss, J.-P., Freeman, R. (eds.):  Knowing governance. The epistemic construction of political order. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. 155-174

Voss, J.-P. (2016): Governance-Innovationen. Epistemische und politische Reflexivitaeten in der Herstellung von Citizen Panels. In: Rammert, W., Hutter, M., Knoblauch, H., Windeler, A. (eds.): Innovationsgesellschaft heute. Wiesbaden: Verlag fuer Sozialwissenschaften. 323-351

Voss, J.-P. (2016): Reflexively engaging with technologies of participation: constructive assessment for public participation methods. In: Jason Chilvers and Matthew Kearnes (eds.): Remaking participation. Science, environment and emerging publics. London: Routledge-Earthscan. 238-260

Voss, J.-P. (2016): Realizing instruments of governance: Performativity in emissions trading and citizen panels. In: Voss, J.-P., Freeman, R. (eds.):  Knowing governance. The epistemic construction of political order. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. 127-153

Voss, J.-P., Freeman, R. (2016): Introduction: Knowing Governance. In: Voss, J.-P., Freeman, R. (eds.):  Knowing governance. The epistemic construction of political order. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. 1-33

Amelung, N. (2015): Standardizing heterogeneity: Negotiating designs for transnational citizen engagement. In: Rask, M., Worthington, R. (eds.): Governing biodiversity through democratic deliberation. Routledge. 249-268

Newig, J., Voss, J.-P. (2010): Steuerung nachhaltiger Entwicklung. In: Steurer, R., Trattnigg, R. (eds.): Nachhaltigkeit regieren. Eine Bilanz zu Governance-Prinzipien und-Praktiken. Munich: oekom, 239-253

Voss, J-P. (2010): Innovation of governance - the case of emissions trading. In: Arentsen, M., van Rossum, W., Stenge, B. (eds.): Governance of Innovation. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 128-145.

other publications

Fischedick, M., Grunwald, A., Canzler, W., Dieckhoff, C., Hirsch Hadorn, G., Kasten, P., Requate, T., Robinius, M., Thraen, D, Vetter, D., Voss, J.-P. (2017): Pfadabhaengigkeiten in der Energiewende - Das Beispiel Mobilitaet (Schriftenreihe Energiesysteme der Zukunft). Muenchen: acatech, Leopoldina, Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften.

Mann, C., Voss, J.-P., Amelung, N. Simons, A. , Runge, T., Grabner, L. (2014):  Challenging futures of citizen panels. Critical issues for robust forms of public participation. A report based on interactive, anticipatory assessment of the dynamics of governance instruments, 26 April 2013. Berlin: Innovation in Governance Research Group, TU Berlin.

Mann, C., Voss, J.-P., Simons, A. , Amelung, N., Runge, T., Schroth, F. (2014):  Challenging futures of biodiversity offset and banking. Critical issues for robust forms of biodiversity conservation. A report based on interactive, anticipatory assessment of the dynamics of governance instruments, 19 April 2013. Berlin: Innovation in Governance Research Group, TU Berlin.

Voss, J.-P. (2013): Technikwissenschaftliches Wettruesten fuer eine nachhaltige Entwicklung? Wo transformative Wissenschaft hinfuehren koennte. In: oekologisches Wirtschaften 2013 (2), 28-29

Simons, A. (2013): A Politics of Inevitability. The Privatization of the Berlin Water Company, the Global City Discourse, and Governance in 1990s Berlin, by Ross Beveridge. Discussion Paper 22/2012, Center for Technology and Society

Noelting, B., Schaefer, M., Mann, C., Koch, E. (2012): Positionsbestimmung zur Nachhaltigkeitsforschung am Zentrum Technik und Gesellschaft - Einladung zur Diskussion. Discussion Paper 22/2012, Center for Technology and Society

Paetzold, P. (2010). Technologien des Regierens. Eine TU-Nachwuchsgruppe untersucht die Entstehung neuer Politikinstrumente. TU intern 2010 (2-3)


Berlin Forum Innovation in Governance

The Berlin Forum Innovation in Governance provided an interdisciplinary research platform on the genesis, dynamics and politics of new forms of governance. The Forum took place in May from 2010, 2011 and 2012. For further information on the Forum and its aims, please see the conceptual outline.


First forum (2010): Studying the emergence and development of new forms of governance

Thursday 20 & Friday 21 May 2010

Call for Papers
Guidelines & book of abstracts

Keynote speakers
Patrick Le Gales, France - watch the keynote lecture
Arie Rip, The Netherlands - watch the keynote lecture


Second forum (2011): Knowing governance: The making of governance knowledge and the transformation of politics

Thursday 19 & Friday 20 May 2011

Call for Papers
Book of abstracts

Keynote speakers
Marie Laure Djelic, France - Watch the keynote lecture 
Andrew Barry, UK - Watch the keynote lecture


Third forum (2012): Shaping innovation in governance? Inducements, opportunities and limitations for engaging with governance in the making

Thursday 31 May & Friday 1 June 2012

Call for Papers

Keynote speakers
Frank Fischer, USA - Watch the keynote lecture
Andy Stirling, UK - Watch the keynote lecture

Seminar series

The Innovation in Governance seminars feature presentations by invited companion researchers on issues related to the emergence, development, and expansion of new forms of governance.

Hal Colebatch, University of New South Wales
Participation, expertise and the construction of policy work
(28 May 2013)

Peter Stegmaier, University of Twente
The Art and Problem of Ending. The Governance of the Discontinuation of Incandescent Light Bulbs in the Netherlands and other examples
(22 January 2013)

Javier Lezaun, University of Oxford
The Experimentalization of Democracy by the Social Sciences
(18 December 2012)

Jan-Hendrik Passoth

Micro-Performing Macro-Actors. The (ongoing) re-assembling of modern stateness
(11 December 2012)

Endre Danyi, Lancaster University
The things of the parliament
(4 December 2012)

Brice Laurent, Mines ParisTec
From uncertain assemblages to technologies of democracy. Democratic experiences and experiments.
(27 November 2012)

David Kocman, University of Kent
Re-inserting Latour to governmentality studies: intellectual devices and socio-material semiotics of policy worlds
(20 November 2012)

Nicolas Baya-Laffite, Sciences Po Paris
Moments in life (of policy instruments): EIA and BAT at trial
(30 October 2012)

Michael Guggenheim, University of London
Bunkers and Other Risk-Assessments. The Political Logic of (Im-)Material Disaster Preparedness.
(11 October 2012)

Rob Hoppe, University of Twente
Institutional and practical constraints on participatory policy making
(24 May 2012)

Richard Freeman, University of Edinburgh
Assemblage, alignment, articulation: the project in/of EU governance
(1 March 2012)

Kristin Asdal, University of Oslo
(1 February 2012)

Ingmar Lippert

Extending 'Carbon': Emissions as Instrumental for Hegemonic Environmental Destruction?
(28 June 2011)

Eleftheria Vasileiadou, VU University Amsterdam
Stakeholder consultations in the Energy Directorate: Can they help integrate climate change?
(21 June 2011)

Detlef Sack
Win-win situations and politicisation - the institutionalisation of public private partnerships
(28 April 2011)

Peter Wehling, Augsburg University
Discursive construction of technology
(7 April 2011)

Ross Beveridge
Foucault and ANT in the analysis of processes of privatisation
(24 March 2011)

Anna Henkel
Title: Attributed responsibility. Postheroism and personal autonomy in technological civilization
(17 March 2011)

Dieter Plehwe, Social Science Research Centre Berlin (WZB)
Think tank networks
(10 March 2011)

Enrico Gualini
Urban development projects as 'reflexive' modes of governance? On analysing  projects as policy instruments.
(10 February 2011)

Carsten Reinhardt
Regulatory knowledge and regulatory concepts
(17 June 2010)

Werner Rammert
Konzept von Technik und Technisierung in der Techniksoziologie (Concept of technology and technisation in sociological technology studies)
(10 June 2010)

Natascha Trennepohl, Pimentel Lopes
Climate Governance in Brazil: The Actors in the National Policy on Climate Change and their Role in the Carbon Market
(4 March 2010)

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