10 Perspectives on Governance
10 Perspectives on Governance
Governance is about how those who are legitimately entrusted to do so manage public problems. Those who study governance do not only look at the public sector, but also at private and civil society actors. But what does Governance really mean — in theory, practice and real life? Faculty members, alumni and friends of the Hertie School share their professional and personal views on a complex matter.
Fostering Dialogue in Complex Organisations1 / 10
The most critical link in a chain can be at the simplest level, like a hospital telephone operator who connects a patient with the right caregiver. If this breaks down, the best-trained doctors and the most sophisticated equipment are of little use. Joslyn Trowbridge, MPP Graduate Class of 2009, is helping improve access to, and the quality and integration of neurosurgery services in Ontario. With 11 adult centres spanning a million square kilometres—much of it rural, and serving more than a third of Canada’s population, it takes a lot of effort to make that phone call work. [more]
Joslyn Trowbridge has worked as an advocate for citizen engagement and public-decision-making, encouraging public participation in policymaking with America-Speaks in Washington DC and founding a grass-roots programme for violence prevention for young women in Montreal, among other dialogue-based initiatives.
Separating the Good from the Bad—Governance in Waste Management2 / 10
“Bad governance looks like a bin with a plastic garbage bag inside, surrounded by rubbish, whereas good governance is what assures that the rubbish will be inside the bin.” This is no metaphor—it is the very real conclusion Karina Campos, MPP Graduate Class of 2013, drew after paying a visit to a brand new landfill outside the picturesque Argentinian town of El Bolson. [more]
An environmental engineer, Karina Campos wrote her MPP thesis on the role of political institutions in explaining the unsuccessful management of natural resources in Argentina’s economic development efforts.
Global Markets, National Politics Test Governance3 / 10
Just as the Euro seemed to be unraveling in the Spring of 2010, Hertie School Professor of Political Economy, Henrik Enderlein, was teaching a course on the single European currency. His classroom, he says, became a “live experiment” in managing what he calls today’s biggest governance challenge for the political economy: how to create legitimacy when identities are local, politics are national and markets are global. [more]
Hertie School Professor Henrik Enderlein spent last year as a Visiting Professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and has conducted extensive research in the area of sovereign debt and comparative and international political economics. Prior to his academic career, he worked as an economist at the European Central Bank.
Serving the Public Good Through Social Business4 / 10
India has the highest incidence of tuberculosis in the world, according to the World Health Organisation. A group of European scientists hoping to help eradicate the disease has been developing a new preventative drug for TB. But their vision can only become reality if they can distribute it widely and affordably to those who need it. The challenge is to serve the public good, but also to provide returns for the investors who fund their research. Carolina Rius, Executive Master of Public Administration graduate 2014, is helping the scientist Pere-Joan Cardon devise a business model that will achieve both goals for the company developing his TB drug. [more]
Carolina Rius is the CEO of inQuve Business Development, based in India. She studied international trade and development economics at the Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Spain, the London School of Economics and University College, Dublin, before completing an Executive MPA at the Hertie School.
Advocacy as Dialogue5 / 10
During the five years Steven Schmerz, MPP Class of 2012, spent studying and working in Israel, the country was involved in two wars. In that time he put a lot of thought into resolving conflicting interests—so much that he has made advocacy his vocation—and avocation. [more]
Steven Schmerz studied government, diplomacy and strategy in Israel before attending the Hertie School. He gained experience in advocacy working for the Berlin-based public affairs firm APCO Worldwide during his MPP studies.
Social Enterprise Requires New Thinking in Governance6 / 10
In certain parts of Africa, the nearest doctor may be far away, across rugged terrain, accessible only by a rusty, unreliable motorcycle. Some years ago, two UK motorcycle enthusiasts saw great potential in those derelict bikes. Their charity, Riders for Health, now maintains transport fleets, working together with African governments and NGOs, so that isolated people can get the treatment they need. [more]
Hertie School Professor for Management, Organisation and Leadership Johanna
Mair is also a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.
Governance by Rules in Euro-Zone Difficult in Times of Tension7 / 10
The Euro-crisis has thrown a harsh light on the complexity of governance in the European Union after monetary union, says Hertie School Professor Jean Pisani-Ferry. Governance models that were effective at the European level in the past now badly need re-thinking. [more]
Jean Pisani-Ferry serves as Commissioner-General for Policy Planning, reporting to the French Prime Minister since 2013. Prior to that, he contributed to founding
the Brussels-based economic think tank Bruegel in 2005 and served as its Director.
Innovation and Agility Will Define 21st Century Governance8 / 10
Lisa Anderson took office as President of the American University in Cairo just as the Egyptian revolution erupted in 2011. Despite its complicated aftermath, the upheaval has provided an invaluable opportunity: we must invent, discover and embrace new ways of widening participation in government, says the political scientist and expert in regime change and Middle East politics. [more]
Lisa Anderson was previously Dean of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and is a specialist in Middle Eastern politics.
Disaster Response: Institutional Memory and Flexibility Save Lives9 / 10
In August 2010, torrential monsoon rains submerged nearly a fifth of Pakistani territory, putting 20 million people at risk from disease, hunger and loss of property. Rizwan Bajwa, MPP Graduate Class of 2007, was working in Islamabad for the United Nations World Food Programme when he was deployed to help airlift provisions to far-flung and isolated pockets of the flooded countryside. [more]
Rizwan Bajwa was a member of the Hertie School’s first MPP class and worked at the Asian Development Bank before joining the WFP.
International Institutions are Key to Guaranteeing Public Goods10 / 10
Good global governance hinges on well-functioning, credible, international institutions that can guarantee global public goods, says the former European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Javier Solana, Senior Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance. [more]
Javier Solana is a Spanish physicist by training and Socialist politician with an extensive political career, including thirteen years as a cabinet minister in the Spanish government and four years as NATO Secretary-General. He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Hertie School.