Understanding the governance of a policy process is like navigating a territory: we need a map if we want to move around it.

If we look at the press, public decisions appear quite simple. It is easy to understand what to do and to identify a culprit pretty immediately when things are not right. Reality, for good and for bad, is more complicated and the chain of decision making is complex: there are multiple actors, multiple objectives and multiple agendas at play.

The best analysis, participatory methods and monitoring & evaluation systems, will yield no results in terms of decision making, if they are not engrained in the appropriate governance system.


Disseny del procés de descoberta d’oportunitats emprenedores de la RIS3CAT 2021-2027.

I am supporting the Catalan government in the design of the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process for the Smart Specialisation Strategy 2021-2027.

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Relevant Publications

Layers, levels and coordination challenges:

comparing S3 governance in Puglia and Extremadura

Marinelli, E., Bertamino, F. & Fernandez, A. (2019)

EUR 29735 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg,
ISBN 978-92-76-02920-5, doi:10.2760/080798, JRC116116.

Squaring the circle:

lessons from the role-playing exercises on S3 regional and multi-level governance

Marinelli, E., Tolias, Y., Bertamino, F., Metaxas, M.& Grisorio, J. (2018)

EUR 29388 EN, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2018,
ISBN 978-92- 79-96397-1, doi:10.2760/868791, JRC113434.