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Knowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions

From Research to Practice Edited by Nicola Francesco Dotti, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
This book provides theories, experiences, reflections and future directions for social scientists who wish to engage with policy-oriented research in cities and regions. The ‘policy learning’ perspective is comprehensively discussed, focusing on actors promoting ‘policy knowledge’ and interaction among different stakeholders. The book also aims to provide practical insights for policy-makers and practitioners interested in research-based approaches to cities and regions.
Extent: 320 pp
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Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78643 363 3
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  • Geography
  • Cities and Urban Geography
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Public Administration and Management
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Cities
  • Regional Studies
  • Urban Studies
  • Planning
This book provides theories, experiences, reflections and future directions for social scientists who wish to engage with policy-oriented research in, and for, cities and regions. The ‘policy learning’ perspective is comprehensively discussed, focusing on actors promoting ‘policy knowledge’ and interaction among different stakeholders.

Theoretical frameworks and practical experiences of policy-orientated research for European regions and cities are comprehensively explored in this timely book. The authors review current theories and present novel case studies of policy-orientated research. By combining policy analysis with urban and regional studies, the book highlights how researchers can be agents of policy learning, helping policymakers to learn how to learn.

This book offers unique, real world insights for researchers, practitioners and stakeholders interested in research-based approaches to cities and regions.
‘At a time of major transformation in the relationship between research and policy, this is a timely and thought-provoking volume. The creation of knowledge, and its application to the design and implementation of policy, have new analytical possibilities from big and open data – as well as opportunities and obligations for the involvement of citizens in imaginative ways. This book draws and combines theoretical debates and practical experiences of policy learning from different institutional perspectives. It should be required reading for scholars and policymakers interested in fostering more effective research–policy dialogues.’
– John Bachtler, University of Strathclyde, UK

‘This edited book proposes an original and very interesting analysis of the complex interaction between researchers and policymakers. Considering their different rationalities, the authors focus theoretically, methodologically, and empirically on the learning conditions which allow these two types of actors to interact with each other in and on the policy process.’
– Philippe Zittoun, University of Lyon, France

‘A timely and very useful collection providing a fresh look at an old problem: the problematic relationship between policy research and policymaking. A necessary read for scholars interested in generating usable knowledge.’
– Bruno Dente, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Contributors: I. Bakker, S. Bandera, P. Benneworth, M.C. Cattaneo, P. Coletti, A. Colombino, A. Colombo, J.L. De las Rivas Sanz, N.F. Dotti, F. Eckardt, A. Gerritsen, S. Giest, D. Greenwood, A. Healy, T. Herrschel, T. Metze, S. Moyson, M. Paris, S. Pazos-Vidal, D. Pojani, P. Scholten, D. Stead, M. Stuiver, C. Termeer, G. Urso, J. Vaesen, W.-J. Velderman, B. Wayens
Contents:

Introduction

PART I Theoretical Framework: Learning Knowledge for Policymaking
1. The research–policy nexus: boundaries, bonding and ten golden rules
Alessandro Colombo

2. Theories on policy learning: Existing approaches and future challenges
Stéphane Moyson and Peter Scholten

3. Methodological challenges for policy learning
Paola Coletti and Giulia Urso

4. Learning across cities and regions: The limits to transferring “best practice”
Dominic Stead and Dorina Pojani

PART II Experiences of Policy-Oriented Research in Cities and Regions
5. Spatial knowledge for regional governance: toward an alternative map of Castilla y León
Mario Paris and Juan Luis de las Rivas Sanz

6. Éupolis Lombardia: Practising Research-Policy Dialogue for a Regional Government
Sabrina Bandera and Maria Chiara Cattaneo

7. Knowledge Serving the City? Brokerage, Production and Sharing in Brussels
Joost Vaesen and Benjamin Wayens

8. Scotland: a thriving environment for policy entrepreneurship?
Serafin Pazos-Vidal

9. Dutch experiences of policy mobility in urban planning
Dominic Stead and Dorina Pojani

10. Knowledge governance in sustainable development: a comparative case study
Alwin Gerritsen, Marian Stuiver and Catrien Termeer

PART III In-Formation: Experiences and Reflections from an Incoming Revolution
11. Policy learning in times of big data analytics: The challenges of skill-based outsourcing
Sarah Giest

12. Visual framing for policy learning: Internet as the ‘eye of the public’
Tamara Metze

13. Knowledge, Urban policy-making and citizen participation: a democratic challenge
Franziska Eckardt, Willem-Jan Velderman and Paul Benneworth

14. Beyond big data, the open data revolution for research
Paul Benneworth, Inge Bakker and Willem-Jan Velderman

15. Smart cities, towards smart governance?
Tassilo Herrschel

PART IV Towards New Theoretical Models: Open Challenges
16. Evaluating coordination and learning within governance: open epistemological issues
Dan Greenwood

17. What role for policy studies in a post-truth politics?
Adrian Healy

18. Knowledge Governance: Theoretical and Empirical Reflections on territorial innovation policy
Alwin Gerritsen and Nicola Francesco Dotti

19. Knowledge for policymaking: an evolutionary perspective to achieve policy resilience
Nicola Francesco Dotti and Annalisa Colombino

PART V Lessons Learnt
20. Conclusions on Research-Policy Dialogues
Nicola Francesco Dotti and Alessandro Colombo

Index