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Social imaginaries, structuration, learning, and collibration: their role and limitations in governing complexity

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Journal publication date11/2012
JournalZarządzanie Publiczne
Number of pages13
Original languageEnglish


My contribution to this special issue of Zarządzanie Publiczne (Public Governance) undertakes five tasks: (1) present the key concepts for an analysis of complexity and its reduction through semiosis and structuration; (2) elaborate the notions of lived experience (tied to personal identity or consciousness), social imaginary, and ideology (which involves more than social imaginaries); (3) introduce the key concepts for the study of structuration, including spatio-temporal fix, structural coupling, and ecological dominance; (4) introduce the notion of learning as a crucial mediation between lived experience and social structuration; and (5) show how different forms of coordination of complex interdependence have developed to address these problems, how they fail, and how individual and social agents seek to address governance failure through new forms of imaginary and new efforts at collibration. My contribution ends with some remarks on a research agenda based on these arguments and a practical agenda oriented to better governance based on ‘romantic public irony’ as a way of ‘going on’ in a deeply complex world.