Adaptive Governance for a Resilient Digital Society

Marijn Janssen*

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Governments are confronted with all kinds of changes in their digital environment, such as pandemics, fake news, and security breaches. These changes come with many uncertainties and are hard to predict, whereas decisions need to be made quickly to avoid a negative impact. Adaptive governance embraces uncertainty and complexity by enabling continuous learning, involving a wide range of diverse actors, and being able to react within a short time frame. Adaptive governance can be viewed as a governance philosophy based on a range of instruments to create adaptability. The conflicting values of stability and adaptability can be balanced in different ways by governments. The variety in the environment and the variety of instrument to adapt to the environment needs to be in concert. Adaptive governance instruments can be combined to increase their effectiveness and to create a resilient society. Further research in governance instruments, their usage, and their effectiveness is needed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Governance and Open Society
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges in Eurasia - 8th International Conference, EGOSE 2021, Proceedings
EditorsAndrei V. Chugunov, Marijn Janssen, Igor Khodachek, Yuri Misnikov, Dmitrii Trutnev
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783031042379
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event8th International Conference on Electronic Governance and Open Society: Challenges in Eurasia, EGOSE 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 24 Nov 202125 Nov 2021

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume1529 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference8th International Conference on Electronic Governance and Open Society: Challenges in Eurasia, EGOSE 2021
CityVirtual, Online

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  • Adaptability
  • Adaptive governance
  • Agility
  • Cybersecurity
  • Information society
  • Law of requisite variety


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