Case Study: Designing for Policy and Institutional Change in Governance

Format: Papers, RSD5, Topic: Cases & Practice, Topic: Policy & Governance

Nenad Rava

The paper aims to shed more light on the use of systemic design for policy and institutional change in complex governance settings. After presenting brief conceptual background, the paper focuses on a case study, which could be referred to as “stakeholder design of generating systems for policy”. The case study refers to the EU project on supporting design of new systems for strategic planning and policy design in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is used to provide an entry point to how design – beyond the usual “creative problem solving” and “strange-making” – could contribute to systemic policy and institutional change. This includes broader propositions on what can (or even ought to) be designed; aspects of stakeholder design; and opportunities for further research.

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Author(s): OCTOBER 2016
Title: Case Study: Designing for Policy and Institutional Change in Governance
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
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First published: 20 September 2016
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