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The concept of `governance' has become a central catchword across the social and political sciences. In Governing and Governance, Jan Kooiman revisits and develops his seminal work in the field to map and demonstrate the utility of a sociopolitical perspective to our understanding of contemporary forms of governing, governance and governability. A central underlying theme of the book is the notion of governance as a process of interaction between different societal and political actors and the growing interdependencies between the two as modern societies become ever more complex, dynamic and diverse. Drawing upon a wide range of interdisciplinary insights, the book advances a comprehensive conceptual framework that seeks to capture the different elements, modes and orders of governing and governance. A series of useful distinctions ...

Setting the Stage
Setting the stage
Social-Political Governance

This study advances ideas presented in Modern Governance: Government-society Interactions (1993),1 in which attention was drawn to interactions with a ‘co-’ public-private character, offset against a ‘do-it-alone’ government perspective. This study maintains this line of thinking, but broadens it by seeing governance as a societal quality made up of public as well as private ‘governors’, hence the term social-political. The essence of the argument is that governance of and in modern societies is a mix of all kinds of governing efforts by all manner of social-political actors, public as well as private; occurring between them at different levels, in different governance modes and orders. These mixes are societal ‘responses’ to persistent and changing governing ‘demands’, set against ever growing ...

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