Skip main navigation

Self-Governance and Polycentricity: Beyond Markets and States

What are the conditions under which self-governance arises? In this video Professor Mark Pennington explains the role of polycentricity.

In the previous sessions, we looked at a number of case studies highlighting how public entrepreneurs provide governance solutions to local collective action dilemmas, working side-by-side with public authorities to make their communities safer and more resilient.

These kinds of community initiatives wouldn’t be possible if ordinary people were not given the opportunity to implement their ideas. In this video, we discuss the importance of creating spheres within which individuals can try out new governance solutions without impediment.

The institutional environment that grants individuals this kind of autonomy is called a polycentric order.

This article is from the free online

The Ideal of Self-Governance: Public Policy Beyond Markets and States

Created by
FutureLearn - Learning For Life

Reach your personal and professional goals

Unlock access to hundreds of expert online courses and degrees from top universities and educators to gain accredited qualifications and professional CV-building certificates.

Join over 18 million learners to launch, switch or build upon your career, all at your own pace, across a wide range of topic areas.

Start Learning now