Chris Skelcher

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We propose a novel approach to theorizing hybridity in public and nonprofit organizations. The concept of hybridity is widely used to describe organizational responses to changes in governance, but the literature seldom explains how hybrids arise or what forms they take. Transaction cost and organizational design literatures offer some solutions, but lack a(More)
The public administration literature uses the concept of hybridity to describe situations where policy designs involve the interaction of government, business, civil society, and not-for-profits. Yet the concept lacks a theoretical context and poses the empirical problem of distinguishing between hybrid and non-hybrid forms. This paradox – a concept that is(More)
This paper presents a prototype implementation of an intelligent assistance architecture for data-driven simulation specialising in qualitative data in the social sciences. The assistant architecture semi-automates an iterative sequence in which an initial simulation is interpreted and compared with real-world observations. The simulation is then adapted so(More)
Representation and interpretation of simulation semantic content is a challenging problem at the heart of issues such as simulation composability and symbiotic simulation. This paper introduces an automated approach to dynamic online interpretation of simulations using AI techniques. The approach is described in the context of agent-based social simulations
Improving the performance of local authorities is high on the political agenda. Central government has implemented a range of policies to stimulate and focus improvement, there are extensive systems of support through national agencies of local government, and councils themselves are demonstrating ways of strengthening service and corporate performance. The(More)
Advances in understanding the democratic anchorage of governance networks require carefully designed and contextually grounded empirical analysis that take into account contextual factors. The article uses a conjectural framework to study the impact of the national democratic milieu on the relationship between network governance and representative(More)
In this article we provide a conceptual and argumentative framework for studying how institutional design can enhance civic participation and ultimately increase citizens’ sense of democratic ownership of governmental processes. First, we set out the socio-political context for enhancing the democratic governance of regulatory policies in Europe, and(More)
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