Enhancing policy innovation by redesigning representative democracy

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Policy innovation is a key aspect of public innovation, which has been largely overlooked. Political leadership, competition and collaboration are key drivers of policy innovation. It is a barrier in traditional models of representative democracy that they provide weak conditions for collaboration. Two Danish case studies indicate that collaboration between politicians and relevant and affected stakeholders can promote policy innovation, but also that a redesign of representative democracy is needed in order to establish a productive combination of political leadership, competition and collaboration in political life.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolicy and Politics
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)155-170
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2016


  • democracy
  • policy
  • Innovation
  • institutional design

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