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This essential new book brings together world class scholars to provide a completely new comparative politics text. It offers a comprehensive reivew of the complete democratic process and provides a framework for measuring and evaluating contemporary democracy and democratic performance around the world.
Chapter 12: Democratic Institutions, Governance and Political Performance
Democratic Institutions, Governance and Political Performance
The Meaning of the Concept of Democratic Governance
If one were to ask what governance is and means in relation to government, then most people would be puzzled. Puzzled because ‘government’ is a self-evident concept and as such it appears to be a ‘natural’ phenomenon of contemporary society. Yet, it is not that easy to define what governance is and what it entails. Samuel Finer (1970), for instance, attributes at least four different meanings to the term ‘government’ in relation to society. First of all government denotes exercising a measure of control over others. Secondly, government is a condition of ordered rule. Thirdly, it refers to a body ...