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Chapter 6: Governance Mechanisms as Promoters of Governability: A Political Science Perspective on Institutional Complexity

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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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