The term ‘hybrid governance’ is often used to describe this interaction between ‘informal’ and other ‘non-state’ forms of organization in the exercise of public authority and service provision. Enhancing our understanding of the workings of public service delivery in these ‘hybrid’ governance arrangements, particularly in a comparative way, is the core aim of this panel.

In particular, the panel is particularly interested in empirical or conceptual contributions around (one of) the following sets of questions:
1. What are the main types of formal/informal configurations in hybrid institutional arrangements? How does service provision work in such arrangements? Who does what? And can we construct a meaningful typology of formal/informal configurations?
2. What can we say about the effects and legitimacy of different types of arrangements on the provision of important public services? Are these arrangements functional, in the sense of enhancing access to services or improving service quality, or do they represent and institutionalise the ‘least bad’ coping strategies of the poor and marginalised?
3. How have different hybrid arrangements developed over time? Can we identify ‘paths’ of hybrid governance development, and if so, how can we explain divergence between them?

Please send email proposals to David Ehrhardt at d.w.l.ehrhardt[at], latest by 12 March 2017.