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The SAGE Handbook of Nature offers an ambitious retrospective and prospective overview of the field that aims to position Nature, the environment and natural processes, at the heart of interdisciplinary social sciences. The three volumes are divided into the following parts: INTRODUCTION TO THE HANDBOOK NATURAL AND SOCIO-NATURAL VULNERABILITIES: INTERWEAVING THE NATURAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES SPACING NATURES: SUSTAINABLE PLACE MAKING AND ADAPTATION COUPLED AND (DE-COUPLED) SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS RISK AND THE ENVIRONMENT: SOCIAL THEORIES, PUBLIC UNDERSTANDINGS, & THE SCIENCE-POLICY INTERFACE HUNGRY AND THIRSTY CITIES AND THEIR REGIONS CRITICAL CONSUMERISM AND ITS MANUFACTURED NATURES GENDERED NATURES AND ECO-FEMINISM REPRODUCTIVE NATURES: PLANTS, ANIMALS AND PEOPLE NATURE, CLASS AND SOCIAL INEQUALITY BIO-SENSITIVITY & THE ECOLOGIES OF HEALTH THE RESOURCE NEXUS AND ITS RELEVANCE SUSTAINABLE URBAN COMMUNITIES RURAL NATURES AND ...

Governance Mechanisms as Promoters of Governability: A Political Science Perspective on Institutional Complexity
Governance Mechanisms as Promoters of Governability: A Political Science Perspective on Institutional Complexity
Stefan SjöblomKjell Andersson
Introduction

The concept of governability emerged in the 1970s as an exponent of a semi-political movement promoting the idea that modern democracies had become ungovernable because of an overload of public tasks (Crozier et al., 1975). In later years, the focus has been on the dynamics of complex societies, especially the capacity of highly specialized policy fields to resist policy guidance (Kooiman, 2008, p. 172; Mayntz, 1993). Despite differences in interpretations the key issue of the governability concept has been the capacities of the state as a governance agency. Following Kooiman (2008) governability can be defined as ‘the ...

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