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P60- Time-sensitive governance and timescapes

PANEL Organizers :

Scherpenisse, Jorren (, Netherlands School of Public Administration (Netherlands)

• Van Der Steen, Martijn (, Netherlands School of Public Administration (Netherlands)

• Van Buuren, Arwin (, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)

• Eshuis, Jasper (, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)

• Van Leeuwen, Corniel (, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)


Time and it's aspect like timing, sequence, speed, duration, and time horizons are all-present in the public sector, and impact on the strategies, perceptions and actions of actors (e.g. Pollitt, 2008). The public sector is encompassed by timescapes; landscapes of different socially constructed time dimensions (Adam, 2004) that can be used to develop a more time-sensitive governance. Besides some well-known and recent work (Pollitt, 2008; Howlett & Goetz, 2014), there is little systematic attention to issues of time in policy analysis or governance studies. This panel puts the aspect of time to the forefront of the analysis. Based on the current literature we have distinguished four perspectives on time in governance as the main focus of our panel. Firstly, there are time frames; these can differ between parties, change over time, and can be influenced by policy makers (Bressers, van Twist & ten Heuvelhof, 2013; Fischer, 2003). Secondly, there is the social construction of time patterns - e.g. the interpretation of a setback as an incident (outlier) or a structural problem in time (Pierson, 2004). Thirdly, timing is an important aspect of policy-making processes (Goetz & Meyer-Sahling, 2009). Deadlines and temporal cut-off points may be avoided, used, exploited or fabricated. Fourthly, there is time pace. For example, who are perceived as “keepers of the clock” and what is the influence of perceived time budgets (Voß, Smith, & Grin, 2009)? We invite papers that use an interpretive approach to analyze and conceptualize the way timescapes are socially constructed and used in governance processes. We welcome theoretical and empirical contributions that advance the debate by a) exploring facets of time and how they affect governance processes, b) debating the status of time in different theoretical traditions, and/or c) reflect on the way time can be influenced and used by policy makers.


Time, timescapes, governance, policy analysis, dynamics.


Faculty E2.16

SESSION 1 : 9/07/15 : 09:00-10:30

Van Buuren, Arwin (, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Discussant: Van Buuren, Arwin (, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Time frames of policy failure evaluation commissions

Scherpenisse, Jorren (, Van Der Steen, Martijn (, Van Twist, Mark (, Netherlands School of Public Administration (Netherlands)

Comparing timeprints and the foreseeable future to make governance more time-sensitive

Segrave, Andrew (, KWR Watercycle Research Institute (Netherlands)

Social security and constraints in pockets of local order

Ulmestig, Rickard (, Enokson, Uffe (, Linnaeus University, School of Social Work (Sweden)

The Dutch way of Adaptive Governance: Aligning different time orientations in a complex water governance process

Van Leeuwen, Corniel (, Van Buuren, Arwin (, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)



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