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The future of governance in Iran

Ali Asghar Pourezzat (Department of Public Administration, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)
Mohammad Hoseini Moghadam (Department of Foresight, Institute for Social and Cultural Studies, Tehran, Iran)
Maryam Sani Ejlal (National Research Institute for Science Policy, Tehran, Iran)
Ghazaleh Taheriattar (Department of Public Administration, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)


ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 9 April 2018




Through an examination of macro-historical studies on the governance of Iran, the purpose of this study is to identify the most significant and important events and trends in the rise and fall of Iranian governments and introduce alternative futures in a range of possible, plausible and preferable forms of future governance. To carry out a foresight study of alternative futures of Iranian governance, the authors used futures studies, based on the detection of the most critical driving forces, which are also the most important uncertainties. Futures studies as an interdisciplinary field of study help to identify the events and trends that affect political change and offer scenarios of four alternative futures for the governance of Iran: Smart and Stable Government, Authoritarian Development-oriented Government, Irrational Government and Irrational Breakable Government. The authors believe that Iran’s endeavors to promote democracy, taking the changing international trends into account, make a more trustworthy future for Iran both possible plausible.


Based on macro-history approach and by using “shared history”, future triangle and then scenario planning, the future of Governance in Iran has been analyzed.


Whenever the government has distanced itself from the public and has neglected the trend of international change, it has been faced with a period of collapse and annihilation. And whenever these two important factors are understood, the result is a trend of development and growth. Therefore, the most favored image of Iran’s future relies on the maintenance and promotion of public participation and on increasing attention to the sustainable realities of international relations.


The complexities of events and trends affecting the rise and fall of previous governments of Iran make it necessary to use an interdisciplinary approach to understand the events that have emerged or are emerging in its governance. In this study, from futures studies point of view, transformation of governance has been studied.



Pourezzat, A.A., Hoseini Moghadam, M., Sani Ejlal, M. and Taheriattar, G. (2018), "The future of governance in Iran", Foresight, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 175-189.



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