Governance Innovation and Policy Convergence

Conference: AAS-in-Asia2020 (AAS-in-Asia2020)
Title: Governance Innovation and Policy Convergence
Stream: Political Sciences
Presentation Type: Panel Presentation
Reymund Flores, West Visayas State University, Philippines (organizer, chair, presenter)
Rita Gallardo, Colegio de San Juan de Letran Graduate School, Philippines (presenter)
Rachel Mary Anne Basas, De la Salle College of Saint Benilde, Philippines (presenter, discussant)
Gian Franco, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines (presenter)


Applied to policies, political institutions, constitutions, political preferences, or policy outcomes, Policy Convergence theorists highlight at least four broad factors that drive convergence: competition, learning, cooperation, and common responses to shocks.

Relating policy convergence to new public service, this session is inspired by the framework espoused by Denhardt and Denhardt (2003) highlighting the citizen orientation where a proactive rather than passive citizen involvement is assumed. This proposed panel, hence, aims to share conceptual frameworks, theoretical ideas, and empirical knowledge for governance innovation, collaborative governance, and policy convergence that would enable the existence and utilization of open public spaces where different parties or sectors come together, engage in discussions and debate and in solving common issues or realizing valuable public goal. As generally observed, most of the time, in governance processes citizens are considered end-users, target clients, or public service recipients rather than real contributors and data producers.

This panel convenes four papers discussing paradigms that give emphasis on: the role of the different sectors of society, including the third sector, local and national government agencies, and foreign institutions in governance – specifically in public access to health services and programs; how International Development Projects ensure the sustainability of outcomes given their temporary nature; factors and organizational constructs that will more likely enhance or impede governance sectors’ willingness to collaborate; and the need to improve risk communication to bridging the knowledge gap and other factors that disrupt efficacy of experts and government to the public.