Main hypotheses

Building on the insufficiency of the existing governance models (e.g. Neo-Weberian, NPM, NPG, Digital-Era Governance, other/hybrid models) to solve contemporary complex governance issues (Chesbrough, 2011; von Hippel, 2005; Lichtenthaler, 2008; Raadschelders, 2011; Koprić, 2012; Ropret, 2014), we regard this as an important issue and, in reflection of the literature review, stress the need for systematic, scientifically founded guidelines for developing a holistic governance model (HGM).

Therefore, the purpose of this project is to develop an adequate holistic governance model (HGM) within which the Slovenian public administration (PA) will act proactively as an enabler and driver of societal progress and welfare.

The HGM will be based on the following, integrative elements presently lacking in both politico-administrative decision-making and relevant research:

  1. addressing complex cross-sectoral administrative issues interdisciplinarily;
  2. including all societal subsystems and their stakeholders at the macro (society), mezzo (government) and micro (individual PA entities) levels of governance; and
  3. encompassing supplementary qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Therefore, our main hypotheses will aim to identify the current governance models in Slovenia and globally (H1), analyse their effectiveness and efficiency in resolving societal challenges (H2), search for possibilities for improving governance models(H3), pinpoint the needs to adapt them throughout the Slovenian public administration (H4), and provide systematic guidelines for accelerating the latter (H5).


Known governance models lack holism in resolving emerging complex societal challenges..


A tailored governance model is required to more effectively and efficiently resolve these challenges.


By integrating all societal subsystems and their stakeholders at three levels of governance (macro, mezzo, micro), an adequate holistic governance model (HGM) can be developed.


The governance model must be adapted to various PA segments for them to function most efficiently and effectively.


Shifting from the current governance model to HGM can be guided systematically through a definition of its factors, elements and indicators.