Launch 'Experimental Governance'

Maarten Hajer and Suzanne Potjer present publication 'Experimental Governance' to Secretary General Maarten Schurink at 'Dag van de Stad 2019'

On October 4th 2019, the Urban Futures Studio launched its new book ‘Experimental Governance. From the Possible, to the Doable, to the New Mainstream’ (Potjer, 2019). The Secretary General of the Dutch Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations, Maarten Schurink offcialy received a copy at the 'Day of the City 2019'. The book is released in hardcopy and the online version in Dutch and English.

Experimentation is hot. Whether they are called pilots, living labs or urban labs, we increasingly see experiments emerge on the local level, started by citizens, companies, knowledge institutes and government bodies, on topics as diverse as sustainable energy, health care and urban renewal. Yet, all this experimentation is still hardly systematic: countless experiments are started with an intention to work in new ways, but often without a clear idea on how experimentation works and how small experiments can lead to greater system effects. Because of this, many experiments remain short-lived practices with limited societal impact, even though they could potentially deliver a great contribution to the most complex issues of this time.

The book ‘Experimental Governance’, written by Urban Futures Studio researcher Suzanne Potjer, argues we can do this differently. Based on countless examples from the Netherlands and other places in the world, the book shows how we can systematically experiment and learn in the public domain. Core of the book is the philosophy of ‘experimental governance’, which states that experimentation and learning should take place on three levels: in experiments (local), between experiments (horizontal), and between experiments and the institutional world (vertical). The book offers a perspective for everyone who wants to bring experimentation in the public domain further.

Stapel boeken 'Experimenteel Bestuur' (2019)

Get a copy

Click on the link below to read the online version or receive a hardcopy (shipping to the Netherlands only). We distribute a limited number of hard copies of the Dutch version for everybody that is interested.

Day of the City 2019

The Secretary General of the Dutch Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations, Maarten Schurink received 'Experimental Governance' at the Day of the City 2019. Researchers Suzanne Potjer and Maarten Hajer presented the book on 28 October in The Hague. In an animated talk, they discussed with Schurink the importance of experimentation and the various practices within the Ministry that already give shape to 'experimental governance'. 150 city counsellors and provincial deputies also received a copy during an 'executive lunch'.

Maarten Hajer and Suzanne Potjer present publication 'Experimental Governance' to Secretary General Maarten Schurink at 'Dag van de Stad 2019' Cardboard display with different coloured posters about publication 'Experimental Governance' at 'Dag van de Stad 2019' Maarten Hajer and Suzanne Potjer present publication 'Experimental Governance' to Secretary General Maarten Schurink at 'Dag van de Stad 2019' Maarten Hajer and Suzanne Potjer present publication 'Experimental Governance' to Secretary General Maarten Schurink at 'Dag van de Stad 2019' Secretary General Maarten Schurink reading 'Experimental Governance'
Dag van de Stad 2019, Den Haag

Book launch at Hof van Cartesius

On 4 October 2019, the Urban Futures Studio launched its new book ‘Experimental Governance' at Hof van Cartesius. This expermential coworking space in Utrecht is also one of the examples of experimental governance in the book.

Hof van Cartesius, Utrecht